Thursday, March 31, 2011

Memory Thinking

This is my second card today I wanted to at least get one more entry for a couple of the challenges that are ending today; the Spotted Canary Spring Challenge at SCS, and the Green Challenge at Spotted Canary. I used the sketch from CPS #211 if it is still running I will enter it there. It may be like the one I did this morning for Stamping 411, when I went to post it, the challenge was closed. I’ll get back into the swing of things sooner or later……as soon as I do, I’ll have to go back to my non-stamping land, then start all over again.

For this card, I wanted to try something different, so I went to the technique page at SCS and jotted down a couple different ones by just randomly selecting them. One of the selections was Joseph’s coat…..I went upstairs to my craft room, got everything together to do this technique earlier this morning, brayered the colors onto the paper, and I’m still waiting for the ink to dry, I have made two cards since putting the ink to paper. My second selection and the technique for this card was Pastel Embossing. I had never done this before and it was really easy. I’ve had the blender pens a while now and never bothered to use them. I chose the SU set Close as a Memory for the main image. I’m still in a Use It Tuesday mode using stamps I’ve never used before. You need a solid image stamp, and that is the first one I ran across, and I had never used it before. I needed a dark color cardstock, and since I was making spring cards I went with a dark purple. I stamped the image with Versamark, sprinkled detail white ep, and embossed the image with my heat gun. Then I pulled out my SU chalk set and a blender pen and proceeded to color the white ep. I gave the yellow flowers a two-tone look by adding some red chalk around the edges. After coloring you are supposed to spray a Matte finish clear sealer on it to keep the chalk in place……I didn’t feel like going from upstairs all the way to the basement to see if I had any, so I spritzed hairspray on it. I then decided on what Nesties I wanted to use, the ovals won out, so it was cut and embossed with a Nestie oval, I ran a white gel pen around the inside of the die before removing……no more SoufflĂ©’ pens for this after yesterdays mess that you can read about in my Mice Birthday post. I had to pick out some dp, so I went with a piece from a DCWV Flower Shower Spring stack, the yellow flowers are similar to stamped flowers. Then I decided to use green cardstock for the layers, the scalloped oval and the layer behind the dp. The base card is the same dark purple that the image is stamped on. The sketch is actually not this detailed, I just got went with the flow. A ticket punch was used on the dp corners, a corner rounder punch on the green layer behind the dp. I thought the MS flower border punch would look good, was trying to decide on what color to punch, when a light bulb lit up in my pea brain…….punch white, color with chalk & blender pen to match image. That same light bulb lit up again when it came to the sentiment, since I was working with a small space I again chose the SU set Teeny Tiny Wishes, I really wanted to stamp on the green, but I don’t like that paper…love the color though…..I guess you would say the paper is textured and I don’t find stamping results too good, mainly I use that paper for layering, so I went with purple, stamped the  sentiment with Versamark, embossed with detail white, colored it with the chalk and blender pen. I have started using some glue to put the cards together, since money is really tight and my ATG tape is getting low. I hate gluing the layers, it takes forever to dry, and usually looks like it would fall apart if touched, even though I stack heavy stuff on top of the card when gluing. My brilliant idea today after getting the card all together and wanting to add some bling and half pearls, but the glue wasn’t drying fast enough, was to heat up an iron, I knew it would melt the embossing if I held it on too long, I had a piece of scrap paper on the front and back was running the iron on the back, which may have worked, but nooooo I had to turn the card over and iron the front. Somebody should have been standing over me saying Don’t try this at home!! I ironed the embossing from the main image and the sentiment onto my scrap piece of paper and had to redo both purple pieces. Luckily the stupid glue wasn’t even dry and I was able to remove the main image. I redid both purple pieces, I just added the sentiment over top the old one. Then continued on my merry way to add the red flower centers (MFT adornments), the green half pearls on the corners and one lighter half pearl on the sentiment (Basic Grey).
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Farmyard For You

Yesterday while trying to avoid climbing on a little stepladder, I looked in a box of previously stamped items and came up with the Neighborhood jumbo wheel image that I used, I also found a Farmyard jumbo wheel image ready to go. So I used it for this card also an entry for the Stamping 411 sketch challenge #196 (oops too late this challenge has ended), but my main object was to get a card done for the Use It Tuesday Challenge #4 to use the color red in honor of Japan, a donation to the Japanese Red Cross Society will be made based on how many participants. April 1st is the deadline.

For today’s card I used the SU Farmyard jumbo wheel image I had already stamped and colored. It has been done for a while, I just never used it, I believe it was stamped with jet black Stazon, because the black looks black unlike the SU black when you stamp it. It was definitely colored with Prismacolored pencils, I even went over it again yesterday with Goo Gone to try and blend it better. I added yellow Stickles to the sun. Originally picked a whole different red checked ribbon, since I needed red for the Use It Tuesday challenge, so I picked out some red cardstock to try and match the ribbon and the background paper. My background dp is actually a piece of vinyl wall paper, from a wallpaper sample book. I thought it looked countryish (is that really a word, I don’t think so, but you know what I mean.) I used a Tim Holtz distressing tool and distressed the edges of the wallpaper, and also distressed the two edges of the darker red layered directly under the image. By the time I had my image layered the original ribbon I had picked out was too wide, between the image and the ribbon most of the wallpaper was covered so that you couldn’t see the design, so I checked my ribbon stash which has grown considerably since I raided some from my Mother, and came up with this narrower ribbon – still red checked. Instead of placing three plain old brads, I opted for the red hearts….they match the wallpaper hearts. The sentiment is from SU’s Teeny Tiny Wishes, stamped with Versamark, embossed with detail white ep, then punched with a SU word window punch. There would have been a lot of empty space on the punched out sentiment, so I punched the sentiment closer to the left side, then after it was punched, placed it back in the punch through the bottom and cropped off what I didn’t want. After the card was put together, polar white Flowersoft was added to the clouds.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lily Pad Cards

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Neighborhood Shower

Here is my second card for the day. My mojo is returning, at least I think so, I just don’t sit there staring dumbly at the desk thinking what do I do, what do I do?. (I repeat it just in case my conscious can’t here me.) This time I went with an all new sketch website to me Stamping 411 sketch #196, I’ve never participated here before, and the sketch lit up a light bulb in my pea brain, so I had a beginning. As a matter of fact I can also enter it in the Spotted Canary Spring challenge at SCS and the Green challenge at Spotted Canary.

When I saw the sketch, I thought of using some of my stamping wheels for the image. My box of wheels is on the very top shelf in my stamping room, and I have sort of hurt myself, I don’t know how, unless it was lifting something way to heavy and twisted something, but my left leg where it joins at the hip is making it hard for me to walk, especially if I sit for very long, and the wheels being on the top shelf meant I had to climb my little three step, ladder. Since I am home alone, I didn’t think this was a very brilliant idea, so I looked in a box of stuff I had stamped and colored before, but never used, and low and behold there was a stamped and colored image from the SU Neighborhood jumbo wheel. I would have climbed up there on a six foot ladder, but didn’t feel like carrying one up two sets of stairs. I had a hard enough time putting a sock & shoe on that left foot this morning. It has probably taken me twice as long to make the two cards today, because I get up every so often and walk around, or rather limp around. Enough about that.
As I stated earlier the main image was stamped from a SU Neighborhood jumbo wheel, since it was done a while ago, I don’t know what ink I used, but if I were to guess, it would be jet black Stazon. It was colored with prismacolored pencils, and I went over it with goo gone today, just to try and blend it some more. I went over the windows with a Versamark pen and embossed with detail clear ep, for a window glass look. The image was cut to size and layered onto a green that matched the grass. I considered using the MS grass border punch, but the grass looked like it needed to be mowed, it was way too high. I started looking through my dp for some paper with sky and clouds, instead I found clouds and rain in a DCWV Spring Stack, it worked for me. I would have preferred a more bluish tint, but I can’t have everything…….from the looks of this sky the people in the houses better get to safety a tornado may be coming. Since the dp had gray for the outlines, I used a gray layer behind it, three gray brads and a silver wired ribbon. The bow was made on a bow easy. I know my mojo is returning, because the ideas were popping….clear ep on the windows, white liquid applique for the clouds, and stardust stickles on the raindrops. For the sentiment I used the SU set Teeny Tiny Wishes, for your shower just seemed like it belonged there. I used a Marvy Uchida punch, quotation cloud balloon, and cut off the pointy part so it would look more like a cloud, stamped the sentiment in onyx black versafine, sponged the edges with dove gray Stazon and popped it with foam dots.

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Mice Birthday

I’m back!! I’ve been here at my stamping land since Sunday, but today is the first chance I have had to play. I think I’ve lost my mojo, so I figured I’d start with an easy sketch to help get it back. My help was supplied by sketch #211 from CPS and I also had in mind the green challenge at Spotted Canary.

Since I won a challenge over at Use It Tuesday, I am supposed to be creating a card for a future challenge, but that doesn’t seem to be happening yet. If only I didn’t have to go to my non-stamping land, I could probably roll off one after another, but the lapse in time since I left has really done me in.
At least I started this card off right for a Use It Tuesday challenge, using a stamp I have never used before and image from a SU set called Say Something Mice. It was stamped with onyx black versafine on white cardstock, colored with prismacolored pencils & goo gone and  SU markers. I touched up the eye with a black glaze pen, after the candle and balloon was colored, I hit them with a versamark pen, dusted detail clear ep and embossed. The candle flame has yellow stickles added to it. The image was then cut out and embossed with Nesties Labels One. Now I can tell you what not to do…..I like to run an ink pen around the inside of the die before removing it, this time I decided to get a little fancy and used a green Souffle’ Pen, the ink in these pens comes out a little thick, therefore it smears real easySad smilehence the green balloons on the two corners, they are covering up the worst spots. Needless to say I won’t be using Souffle’ pens for this anymore. I found the balloons in my stash and don’t remember where I got them, they are not brads more like buttons without the shanks or any holes to sew them on.  The main image is layered over what I would normally call a piece of lace, but since I just bought this I can tell you it is called Flexi lace hem tape, and it comes in all sorts of colors. I do not sew as you can probably tell from the sewing on the card…….I can’t even sew a straight line with the sewing machine, and I was trying so hard to keep it lined up with that foot thingy. Anyways the main image is separated from the yellow layer by the hem tape, the yellow layer had the same green Souffle’ pen run around the die and it also smeared in places. The next layer is a green dp from a DCWV Flower Shower Matstack, sewn onto another layer of the same yellow. The base card is green.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Going Buggy ProMarker Competition

Promarkers up for grabs…..
Here’s a chance to win all three of the new Promarker blending sets. That’s a total of 36 markers to add to your collection, or to start you off
For more info and how to enter visit Going Buggy.
The competition runs until April 5.
Good Luck!

Use It Tuesday Challenge

I am still away from my stamps and supplies, so I have no creations to show you, but just wanted to let anybody that checks out my blog know about the generous offer the Use It Tuesday girls are making.

Straight from the Use It Tuesday blog:
Challenge #4
Our challenge this week is related to recent world events:
Please make a project using the color RED in honor of Japan. Remember to use something from your stash you have been hoarding and please tell us in your post or project description what that item (or items) is!
As an added twist...we are going to make a donation to the Red Cross based on the number of participants we have! If we get 1-25 players, we will donate $50; 26-50 players we will donate $75 and so on up to $400! So feel free to get the word out! We would love to make a great donation on behalf of our fellow crafters. :)
Please link your creation using Mr. Linky by Friday April 1st. No blog? No problem! Just use keyword USE004 when uploading to an online gallery and leave us a direct link so we can find your creation. (Linking tips are at the bottom of the post!)
Please make sure to mention you are playing along with a Use It Tuesday challenge (a link is great too!) so we know you are participating.
One lucky participant will be chosen randomly to be a featured guest designer in an upcoming challenge!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Junkin Gypsies Giveaway

You  have until midnight on March 25th to enter! They will announce the Winner on Saturday, the 26th of March on the Junkin Gypsies Blog. Check out their blog to see the vintage prizes and how to win.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Grand Calibur Giveaway

I don't have any cards to show you, as I am away from my stamps, but thought you might like to check this out:

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Happy Stamping & Good Luck!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mouse Blossoms

Today’s card fits the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #91, the Spotted Canary Green Challenge and the Spotted Canary Spring Challenge at SCS.
I rushed making this card, which you can probably tell. I didn’t use any sketches just threw it together, and it is lacking something. We were away all day visiting my DH’s Aunt, about a four hour drive one way, and got back late this evening. I wanted to make one more card, as tomorrow I will be going back to my other house L. I think I have been at this house since January, where all my toys are J. I was staying here, feeding wood into our outdoor furnace, that is all the heat we have at this house and having a good time playing with my toys, but it is time to go back, I need to pack more of my junk up so I can move here permanently.

The image is a House Mouse stamp called Spring Blossoms, stamped with jet black Stazon on white cardstock, colored with prismacolored pencils & goo gone. For the eyes a black glaze pen and a white gel pen were used, then the image was cut out and placed on a green circle, cut and embossed with a nestie circle die. I stamped the top half of the image again, colored the center mouse head, cut out and popped up on foam dots. Holes were pierced around the outside edge of the circle. The circle was then placed on a piece of dp from a DCWV Flower Shower Spring mat stack, the corners punched with a ticket corner punch, then layered on purple, with a green brad placed in each corner, the base card is the same green as the circle. I did not add a sentiment, but as I sit here and think about it, that may be a good thing, I can add one later to fit the occasion, instead of it being just a birthday card, I can change it to whatever.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Bird Watching

For today’s card I used this week's sketch challenge #209 at CPS to create a card, that can also be entered in the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #91, the Spotted Canary Spring Challenge over at SCS and the green challenge at Spotted Canary.
I chose a House Mouse Image called Bird Watching for this card. The image was stamped on white cardstock with jet black Stazon, colored with prismacolored pencils & goo gone, then cut out. The mouse and flower was placed on a yellowish orange oval cut out and embossed with an oval Nestie, before removing the die, I ran a white gel pen around the inside of it, then a layer of green cut out with a scalloped oval nestie. For the next layer I chose a MS border punch and punched the white flower strip, then attached it to a strip of the yellowish orange. The dp is from a DCWV Flower Shower Spring mat stack layered onto a piece of white cardstock with top and bottom punched with another MS border punch. I also punched two strips of green with the same punch and offset it a little. The base card is the same yellowish orange. In the picture the yellowish orange looks more yellow than orange, but the paper matches the flowers in the dp. The hummingbird is popped on foam dots, and after the card was put together I added yellow stickles to the flower in the image.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nice Rain

Today’s card is for the sketch challenge over at CPS, and since April showers bring May flowers, I’ll submit this one to the Spotted Canary Spring Challenge over at SCS.
For this card I chose a retired SU set And Everything Nice, just because I ran across the dp with the umbrellas & rain. I thought it would be fun to paper piece this image. The image was stamped three times with Versamark and embossed with detail black ep. Once on the red checked dp, once on yellow, and once on white. First I had everything matching in red checked, but that was too much, so I changed her to a yellow raincoat, boots and hat, almost felt like I was playing with paper dolls. The umbrella was left in red checked dp because it matched the red checked umbrellas in the background dp. The red checked dp is from the DCWV Flower Shower Spring Stack Mat Stack. Stormy Sky distress ink was stippled around the image, SU markers used to color parts of the hat, umbrella handle, pockets, buttons, duck bill, ducks feet and soles of the boots. A prismacolored pencil was used to fill in the water puddle, afterwards colored the rain drops and puddle with a clear glitter gel pen. The image was then cut out and embossed with a Nesties Label Two die, but I decided to trim off the embossed part, as the next size die would have covered up too much of the background dp. The yellow layer behind the image was cut with the same size die as the image. Next I added a yellow ribbon over a strip of the red checked dp, which is sewn onto the background dp. I keep trying with the sewing machine, some day I won’t have this ongoing battle with it, to keep the darn thing threaded. Right in the middle of sewing the thread breaks, or the needle comes unthreaded before I even get started, and I don't think I could sew a straight line if I tried.. I used black thread and straight stitches to add the red checked dp. The background dp is from the DCWV Flower Shower Spring Stack, and even though I just about covered them up with stitching, the four red checked umbrellas still show. First I did a straight stitch across top and bottom of the background dp to the red layer behind it, then I added a zig zag stitch  on the edges, the base card is yellow.

Unless I get a card done tomorrow, it may be the last one I can work on for a while. We had company this weekend, which was great, but took me away from my toys. I’m hoping to get some work done outside tomorrow, Tuesday we will be heading out for a visit with my DH’s aunt it’s like a three hour drive one way, and Wednesday we will be heading back to the other house. L

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Enjoy Teddy

For today’s card I used this week’s sketch from Use It Tuesday, made it with a lot of green for the Spotted Canary green challenge, and made it springy for the Spotted Canary Spring Challenge at SCS.

The main images are from a SU set called Favorite Teddy. The teddy was stamped on a piece of dp from a DCWV Nana’s Nursery Baby Boy Stack, with jet black stazon, the center of the two paws colored with a SU marker, the eyes colored with a black glaze pen and dotted with a white gel pen, then it was cut out, and two green mini brads added at the joints. The wagon was stamped on green paper with Versamark, embossed with detail black ep, the tires colored with a SU marker, cut out and silver mini brads added to the center of the wheels. The cake was stamped on white with jet black Stazon, colored with  gel pens, and cut out. The silk flowers are held together with green flower brads on a piece of green cut out with a Cuttlebug slider die, which has the ribbon run through it. I cheated on the sketch, there is no bow, and there is no layering for the main image. The plaid dp is from my scrap pile, layered onto green, the top and bottom was punched with EK Success border punches, the candles were colored with glaze pens. The background dp is from a DCWV Spring Stack, layered onto green, with a white base card. For the sentiment instead of stamping, I used the enjoy brad from my stash, I left it blue for some contrast. The balloon brads were pink, they were stamped with Versamark and embossed with green tinsel ep. I tied some black thread to the balloons and ran the thread to the wagon handle.  

It didn’t do me a lot of good to jot down my ideas the other day, I have lost the paper, but I did remember about stamping the teddy on dp.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bug In Ear

I finished another card for the Use It Tuesday Sketch Challenge and I can also enter it at the Spotted Canary for the green challenge. This is one of those ideas I jotted down so I wouldn’t forget it.  

For today’s card the main image is from a SU set called Nature’s Wonders. I bought this set used, but have never used it myself. I had a hard time figuring out how to use it…..stamp in a color, stamp with Versamark & emboss, color with chalks, watercolor, Pearl Ex…….you know what I mean? First I tried it with Shabby Shutter distress ink it was too light. So I decided to use Versamark on white and emboss with detail black ep, then I colored it with metallic gel pens and a waterbrush, and for some extra bling  I added a clear glitter gel pen, sponged the Shabby Shutter distress ink over the black, which really only shows around the edges that I didn’t trim off. The eyes kind of got lost in coloring them and I wanted them to stand out, so I used a black glaze pen on them, then decided to use black stickles to make them glittery, laid it to the side to dry, thought of something grabbed it up and stuck my finger in the wet stickles, oh well it’s a lopsided eyed bug! The next layer is an orangish color, I used a Plaid Essentials Paper Tearing Ruler that I just had to have probably 5-6 years ago and don’t think I have ever even had it out of the plastic it came in. The next layer is dp from DCWV The CafĂ© Mediterranean matstack (I have used both of the dp’s before on this card), punched with a McGill punch for the ribbon to run through it. Next is the green layer cut and embossed with a Spellbinders Piercerabilities 5 ½” Fancy Scalloped Border, (never used) then pierced the holes before removing the die, the embossing was sponged with Peeled Paint Distress ink. The background dp is from a DCWV Fall Stack, layered on the same green with a light green base card. The dragonfly brads I ran across yesterday, while looking for something else in my brad & eyelet stash, I’ve never used them, don’t even know where I got them. The sentiment is from a CDS set called Thoughtful Notes, it had never seen ink. I tried something new (to me….sometimes I think I live under a rock) on a SU demonstrator’s page (don’t remember where) she was showing how to make an extended tag with a different punch, so I tried it with the SU Word Window punch, and it worked!!! You just cut your paper to the right width, and instead of running the paper through the punch the right way, you push the paper in through the bottom and clip off the end. So I trimmed up my piece of paper, punched one end, then stamped the sentiment in Onyx Black Versafine, then stuck the other end through the bottom of the punch and punched the other end. Many of the sentiments are too long for this punch, now they won’t be.

Here is a close-up of the stamped dragonfly.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Spring Has Sprung

I finally got around to making a challenge card for the sketch challenge at Use It Tuesday. The title is a little misleading as it snowed here today. The past two days were spent working on the fronts of my Easter cards, I thought I was all finished with the front and my DH tells me to make one more. I worked on it a little bit today, but had some ideas for this challenge rolling around in my pea brain, so I took a break from the Easter cards and did a challenge card instead. I jotted down some of my other ideas, at least I won’t forget what they were…....that is unless I throw the paper away.

For today’s card the main image is from a SU set called Flower for All Seasons, stamped with Jet Black Stazon on white cardstock, colored with a combination of prismacolored pencils & goo gone, metallic gel pens and a waterbrush, sprayed with hairspray, then cut out with Nesties Labels Three. Before the Nestie was removed I ran a metallic gel pen around the inside of the die. The blue layer directly under the image was punched with a square punch, then a corner rounder punch. The next layer is green cut out with (the next size bigger than the image size) Nesties Labels Three die and the metallic pen run around the inside before the die was removed. The next layer was a piece I had laying around that I hadn’t used on something else, punched with a MS punch around the page set, and was originally white, it was sponged with Wild Honey Distress Ink. The orangish-yellow w/white polka dot ribbon was run across the dp, the bow was added afterwards, I added the blue brad to help hold it together. The bird dp is from a Nana’s Nursery Baby Boy stack, I saw this card on SCS, yesterday that used the same image with a different dp w/birds that made me think of this paper. The next layer is the same blue as used before cut wide enough to border the dp and had room to use the MS Bird Border punch. The next layer is another piece from the Nana’s Nursery Baby Boy Stack, with the same blue basecard. I used a MS Bird punch for my three birds on the top right. The sentiment is from a CDS set called Spring Trimmings, stamped in Peeled Paint Distress and punched with a SU Word Window punch.

I don’t think I have ever made a card using this image stamp, I know I have never used the bird border punch or the sentiment. I hope I get to make more cards with the ideas I jotted down. Since this card is springy I can also enter it at SCS for the Spotted Canary Spring challenge.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Easter 2011

This is one of the Easter cards I am making for this year. It has taken me two days just to get the front done. I hope it’s not another two days for the inside.
I used a House Mouse stamp called You Crack Me Up, stamped with jet black stazon, colored with prismacolored pencils and goo gone, then I cut around the image. Stickles were added to the left and right mouse’s egg shells (fruit punch, yellow, & eucalyptus). The little eggs have crystal lacquer on them. The image was popped on foam dots. The sentiment is from a SU set Teeny Tiny Wishes, stamped in peeled paint distress on light green, punched with a SU word window punch and popped on foam dots. The dp for the photo corners is from a DCWV Spring Stack. The photo corners were punched with a SU photo corner punch. The background dp is also from the Spring Stack, I had enough scrap from the Glitter Spring Stack to do two cards, and I wanted to use it up, so I took the plain dp from the Spring stack and added stickles in different places (in this picture the bunny heads, heart, and the word flower that got covered up on the bottom left). The background dp was then layered onto a light green and the base card is a pastel yellow.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Little Birdie

Today’s card is just that….a card, it's not for any challenges, and I didn't use a sketch to make it. I have been working all day on my Easter cards and they are not together yet, had to wait for the stickles and crystal lacquer to dry, I have already managed to stick my fingers in the wet stuff a couple times. So I threw this card together instead.

I used a bird image from an Inkadinkado set called Birds Galore, stamped with Versamark, embossed with Guacamole ep from Stamp On Inn, cut out and embossed with a Nesties rectangle die. Before the die was removed, I made a mask for the bird and stippled tumbled glass distress ink all over the white. Next I cut the scalloped rectangle out of a blue semi-matching the tumbled glass color. The white X piece was cut with a cuttlebug die that I have had for a while and don’t know the name of. The dp is from My Minds Eye Photo Mat Blue mat stack, layered on white with the same blue base card. The sentiment is from a CDS set called Cute Quips, stamped in peeled paint distress ink on white and punched with a circle punch, for the blue layer a different size circle punch was used. I used a SU photo corner punch for the two white corners and added silver brads. I used a clear glitter pen for the eye and flowers on the bird.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

G&R Anniversary

My DH asked me to make a card for his cousin’s 50th anniversary. I don’t know his cousin very well, so I let him pick out what he wanted. His sense of humor is that sympathy cards should be sent for anniversaries. I brought down my notebook with a copy of all of my stamps in it for him to go through, of course that didn’t take long, he didn’t even go through the whole book. He spotted a couple of sentiments he liked, picked out a couple images and gave up. This is what I came up with from those choices.

For the front of the card he picked the sentiment from the SU set Elegant Greetings, so I stamped it in versamark and used detail gold ep, cut and embossed with a nestie circle, then ran a gold ink pen around the inside before removing the die. For the next layer, I used a piece of my hoarded gold paper and cut a nestie scalloped circle, then paper pierced each scallop. For the next layer I cut a strip of the gold and covered it with a piece of lace. The white background was run through the Cuttlebug with the Textile ef, it was then layered on another piece of gold and placed on a white card base.

This is the inside for his sense of humor. He picked out a sentiment from the SU set It’s Your Birthday and the old couple that came as an unmounted set of stamps called Age Humor Plate from The Stampin Place. Since the sentiment (on left) was too big to have it and the old couple on one side I cut a square and used a MS punch around the page set, stamped the sentiment with onyx black versafine and sponged the edges with antique linen distress ink, and placed on the left of the inside. On the right side I stamped the old couple on white, colored with SU markers, prismacolored pencils & goo gone. Stamped Happy Anniversary and With Sympathy from the SU set Teeny Tiny Wishes with versamark on gold paper and embossed with detail white ep, then punched out with a SU word window punch. The 50 was punched with a number punch set by Amada. Years is an alphabet set by MS Sans Serif, stamped with versamark and embossed with detail gold ep. The white piece was then layered onto another gold piece and place on the inside right of the card.

I was hoping for a very elegant look on the front, instead it’s rather blah looking, Now when I look at it, some black paper should have been layered in there also to make it stand out. At least the inside isn’t so blah.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bug Me

Today’s card is another entry for this week’s sketch challenge at Stamp TV.

It’s nothing special. When I finally sat down to work on it, I went brain dead. So I got my trusty notebook out with the copies of all my stamps and paged through it. I picked out a SU set, but kept looking, and spotted the Inkadinkado Patterned Bugs set, then when I turned a few pages the sentiment (Bug me anytime) from the CDS set Cute Quips jumped out at me. I thought about the dp I had used on another card recently and a card was born.

The picture does not show the colors correctly, no matter how I tried editing. The bug images were stamped on a light beige with Versamark, embossed with Joann Craft Essentials Pastel Pink and Ranger Evergreen ep, then run through the Cuttlebug with a stitched square ef, the stitches sponged with spiced marmalade distress ink, then layered onto a light blue punched square. The sentiment was stamped with Onyx Black Versafine, and the rest is the same as the other squares. The dp is from a DCWV Spring Stack, layered on the same light blue as the squares, then I stitched around the whole piece with the sewing machine. Cut a thin light blue strip, with the dp as a layer, put it in place and stitched all the way around it, then attached a strip of black ribbon, and placed the squares on top. The base card is orange.

I didn’t manage to get anything done yesterday, as we were off visiting. Today, for most of the day, I have been splitting, hauling and stacking firewood. My neighbor is moving, and wanted us to take the wood he had down at his house, I borrowed his log splitter this time, instead of splitting by hand. I got it all split, and hauled a good bit up and stacked it. It’s no wonder I went brain dead, I’m kind of tired. I might not be able to move tomorrow.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Farm Slides

Here is a card for this week’s sketch challenge at Stamp TV.

For my three squares I cut and embossed black cardstock with one of the Spellbinders Slide Mounts dies, and then I needed images to fit in the little areas. I finally settled on images from the GKD set Funny Farm, stamped the images on white cardstock, colored with prismacolored pencils and goo gone, went over the smiles and the sentiment with a glitter gel pen, then punched them out and attached to the slide mounts. The dp is from a DCWV Fall Stack, I cut the strip of polka dots off of the same paper, and sewed it on, attached the slide mounts and attached the layers to a cream colored base card. I also ran a sanding block over the raised areas of the slide mounts. This card turned out ok, I’m thinking I have made better, but then a lot of times I think that, and everybody else loves it.  

With the weather warming up, I will soon have to return to my other house L which means no stamping until I can get back down here. We have an outdoor furnace for heat, and I have been staying here keeping the fire going, and of course stamping. We’ve had a couple of beautiful warm days, I was outside cutting and stacking firewood for next year. I even managed to get some split with a wedge and sledge hammer, my wood splitter is up at the other house.

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