Thursday, December 15, 2011

Another Tag to Share

Ahhh.....another color other than red! I love glimmer and shimmer for the holidays.


I ran the tag through the Cuttlebug using the Sizzix poinsettia folder which I inked with Pallette Cognac dye ink before I placed the tag in the folder. I had to do this twice since the tag is larger than the folder. I then sprayed Glimmer Mist's Iridescent Gold on the tag and let dry. I added lace on the bottom along with silks from Petaloo. The sentiment is from Inkadinkado and gold embossed. I die cut the sentiment with Labels Four Small from Spellbinders and die cut the gold metallic cardstock with the Labels Four Large. Added various ribbons to the tag and finished.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I'm seeing RED!

Red tags that is! Again! Think my other tags better be some other color than red.

I found the felt ribbon after the holidays last year and bought a couple of rolls thinking, "I can do something with this - other than using on a package". Well, it will be used on a package but as tags. I had fun cutting the ribbon different ways to get the image I wanted. I embossed the tags with the CB snowflake folder and then distressed with Festive Berries and Vintage Photo distress inks.


The snowflakes were die cut using the Die-Namics snowflake dies and the to/from image is from PSX. Onto other tags!
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I've been having so much fun creating tags for my Christmas packages this year. Never seemed to have time before this year so 'tis a good thing! The images are from Stampin' Up and colored with copics. Great tags for my grands' pakages!


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Monday, November 28, 2011

CR84FN Color Challenge 43

Once again, I'm playing along with my favorite color challenge CR84FN. This week's challenge is brown, tan and green.


I chose to use Impression Obsession's Cabin image to create one of my Christmas cards using these colors. The brown base cardstock is SU and the green and tan glimmer paper are Bazzill. The tan cardstock is embossed with the swirl CB folder.

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The image and sentiment (Amuse) were stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and the cabin colored with Copics. All were distressed with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. The main image was then punched with the EKSuccess snowflake border and glitter added to highlight the snow and punched edge. The sentiment was die cut with one of the Spellbinder's Ribbon and Brad tags and copper brads added.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We spent the holiday with our daughter and her family in the Chicago area and took the grands to visit the Museum of Science and Industry. What fun!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Stamp Club Project

It was my turn to bring one of the shoe box projects for our November stamp club meeting. Here's my version of Memory Box's Tivoli Snowflake card copied from one of their design team members. The white base card measures about 5" square and then layered with gold metallic cardstock.  The designer paper is Let it Snow, Christmas Past Collection from Graphic 45 and cut with the snowflake die.  What a cool idea to use the negative!   The sentiment is from Endless Creations.  I added glitter around the edge of the snowflake and added the little snowflake bling from Memory Box in the center.  Very simple but very pretty. 

We're poised to have our first snow storm of the season:(  Never ready for winter since it lasts well into March in our neck of the woods!
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Had fun creating this Halloween card!  The haunted house, Frank and moon stamps are all from the now defunct Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers and have been in my stash for years.  I stamped the house on white cardstock and colored with copics and then masked the house and stamped the moon.  (Remember you can click on an image to expand the view.)  Then the moon was masked and using my air compressor, sprayed the background with black and brown copics.  The fence punch is from Martha Stewart and raised with pop dots.  The bats were stamped last.  I used Versafine black ink on all the stamping.

I apologize for the blurriness of this photo but you get the drift.  The frank stamp was stamped on white cardstock and colored with copics and the sentiment was stamped in black ink and cut out as a tag.  I cut a slit in the roof line of the house so Frank's message can be tucked behind the house.

The inside of the card was air brushed with a black copic and the bottom was punched with the goo punch from Martha Stewart.  I cannot remember where the Happy Frank sentiment was purchased since it is an unmounted stamp.  The card measures 5 x 7.  Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!
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Friday, October 7, 2011

Crayon Resist Technique

This card was created using the crayon resist technique and water colors.  I created the image some time ago and not with my stamps.  Half of the open line stamps were colored in with white crayon.  Squiggles were added with white crayon and a gold leaf pen.  Then a water color wash was added with various water colors.   The background piece was mounted onto red cardstock and then onto a folded black card.  Notches were punched in the corners and gold cording added (an old but effective embellishment).  The sentiment is from Flourishes and stamped on a Labels Four die cut from Spellbinders. 

Peak color in Northcentral Wisconsin along with temps in the 70s....doesn't get any better than this!  The bird feeders are alive with birds getting ready for migration or storing seeds for our long, cold winters. 
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Another Card for Stamp Club

Members of our stamp club challenged each other to use the "No More Shims" pad on a card for our October meeting.  I used a Dreamweavers stencil with copper aluminum to create this raised image.  The sandwich I used for my Cuttlebug was A plate, copper sheet, stencil, no-more-shims and two B plates.  The image could have been used as is but I then "worked" the metal puffing out and sanding the leaves.  I mounted the image on some shimmery paper (which you can't see in the photo) and embossed with a leaves folder from Cuttlebug.  May I vent here???  Wish that Provocraft would put the names of their folders directly on the folders!!!  One of my pet peeves!  The entire piece was then mounted to shimmery bronze cardstock from the Paper Cut which I have had forever. 

Fun new tool to stretch the use of yet more tools!
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Friday, September 30, 2011

October Stamp Club Sketch Challenge

Here is my take on the sketch challenge for our stamp club meeting next month. The image is from Penny Black called Japanese Maple and is stamped on canvas with Vintage Sepia Versafine ink. The designer paper is from Memory Box's collections Nightfall and Twilight.  The beige paper is Crumb Cake from Stampin' Up and the buttons are vintage.  After my mother passed away, my daughter and daughter-in-law went through her button stash and divided the buttons among ourselves.  The sentiment is unknown (no name on the wood mounted image) and don't remember where I bought it.  This card seems somewhat somber instead of fall-like but I'm pleased with the results of the sketch challenge.

We're off to Milwaukee this Sunday for a Brewer baseball play-off game.  GO BREWERS!
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Autumn Wishes

Now that it is officially autumn, I can post this card I created recently. The background image is from Stampin' Place and stamped with Kaleidacolor's Creole Spice.  The background image was covered with double-sided adhesive and sprinkled with Crystal Glitter Ritz Warm Highlight.  The oak leaf is a Spellbinder die which was embossed and sponged with various colors of the Creole Spice ink pad.  The maple leaf is a McGill punch and the sentiment is from Endless Creations.  All images were distressed with Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo distress inks.  Added the acorn charm and the copper cording and gold ribbon.  Love making fall cards!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Stamp Club Challenges for Sept.

It was my turn to provide the stamp club challenges for this month. The first challenge was a purse stamp from Me and Carrie Lou which is no longer in business. I embossed the purse with gold embossing powder. The flower images are from Fiskars' Asian Inspired stamp set and colored with Copics. I cut each individual flower and adhered to the purse.

I added gold seam tape for the handle.

The insert was die cut with Memory Box's new pocket die. Once again, I stamped and gold embossed the same Fiskars' images and colored with markers on vellum. The sentiment was cut from the Labels Four Small set from Spellbinders and the sentiment is from Flourishes.
The sketch I provided is from Verve which appeared on their blog in April. The designer paper is new from Authentique. The image is from Flourishes called Zinnias and colored with Copics and is one of my favorite new stamp sets! I die cut the main image with Labels 10 from Spellbinders and distressed the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. The dark gray cardstock is embossed with the Swiss dots folder from Cuttlebug and the edge punched with an EK Success punch. The butterflies were punched from some of the designer paper with a Martha Stewart butterfly punch and added pearls to the bodies. Added some ivory lace to offset the punched edge.
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Friday, August 12, 2011

CR84FN Color Challenge 35

I'm playing along with CR84FN's color challenge this week. This challenge site is one of my favorites! The color combos this week are Lavender, Celery and Gray.

Here is my interpretation of these color combos. The image is from Hero Arts and is called Zinnia Trio. I colored the image with Copics and mounted on lavender cardstock which has been die cut with Spellbinder's Fleur de Lis Rectangle. The designer paper is Wisteria from Basic Gray.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Remember Art Lenz?

I recently cleaned my stamp room and came across this Art Lenz image I had made in a class several years ago but never completed into a card. I mounted the image on SU paper to coordinate with their dp. The die cut is one of the new Spellbinder label dies. The sentiment is from TAC.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Stamp Club Cards

Feels so good to be back in my stamp room to stamp instead of sorting and cleaning! Though it's fun finding cool stuff you've put away and haven't used yet! Here are two cards I created for our August stamp club.

The card was created using a provided sketch. The stamps are new from Flourishes called Zinnias. I always planted zinnias in my garden at our other home. The white cardstock is mounted on a folded black card and embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The zinnias were colored with Copics, trimmed and mounted on a strip of new glitter paper I recently purchased at JoAnn's. The sentiment was die cut with Spellbinder's Nestabilities squares and also mounted on black glitter paper.

Our other challenge was to create a card in a shape other than rectangular or square. I recently purchased these round pre-cut cards at The Paper Cut. I distressed all the edges with Antique Linen Distress ink. The dp is from Webster's Pages as is the bird. The sentiment is from TPC. Added a bit of glitter to the flowers which doesn't show up well in the photo.
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

July 4th Week

Our entire family was here for the week of the 4th and we had a fun time! Here we are getting ready for fun in and on the water.

Beach time

Grandpa goofing off on the jet ski. All the older kids had rides on the jet ski from Uncle Doug.
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Saturday, June 11, 2011

A couple of nature pix

My second most favorite hobby is bird watching. Here's a Great Crested Flycatcher attempting to build a nest in a nesting box my husband put up for them this spring. They are beautiful birds from the side or front view with a crest and pale yellow breasts. They are about the size of a Blue Jay.

And here's our bird feeder sneak thief - in the day time no less! He (she) has also been pillaging my oriole feeder of all its grape jelly, too! Grrr! Have to take the good with the bad I guess when you're feeding all the critters in the yard.
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June's Stamp Club Sketch Challenge

Here's my take on this month's sketch challenge for our stamp club. The new paper is Valise from Memory Box. The crocheted circle is from Webster's Pages and the stamped image is from Endless Creations.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Just a Note

I created this card with Websters Pages newer paper and ribbon. The circle die cut is new from Memory Box and the other die cuts are Parisian Accents from Spellbinders. The stamped image is from Just Rite and fits perfectly in the new die cut circles from Memory Box. A gorgeous day in Northcentral Wisconsin!

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

CR84FN25 Color Challenge

Love this color combo this week from CR84FN so had to play along. The colors are red, aqua and white.

I chose to use the new HoneyPOP stamp set from Inky Antics and this particular set is called Cupcake Birdy. I colored the image with copics and die cut the image with the Small Circle set from Spellbinders and die cut the layered red cardstock with the Lacey Circles. The aqua cardstock was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder but the name of the folder is not printed on the folder and I don't remember the name....sorry. The designer paper is some unknown paper given to me in a grab bag and the tag die is one of the new Fancy Tags from Spellbinders.

And.....this is the fun part! The honeycomb paper you stamp, cut and mount on the inside of the card so when you open it....voila! I think I will give this card to one of my granddaughters who will be celebrating her birthday in June. I'm typically not into cute but couldn't resist these stamp sets and paper from Inky Antics to make cards for my grandchildren. Hope you're having a great spring weekend!

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