Friday, September 30, 2011

Merry Winter

One more holiday card -- next I will be sharing some Halloween projects I've been working on!

This card uses the set Merry Winter! This set has cute little snowmen that are so fun to use! I used baja breeze and pacific point along with early espresso to make this fun wintery card!

stamps:Merry Winter
ink:early espresso, baja breeze, pacific point
paper:early espresso, baja breeze, pacific point, whisper white
other: bakers twine, snowflake embossing folder, postage punch

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Beautiful Season

Here is the last card we made at the holiday stamp-a-stack. This one uses the set Beautiful Season. I love how pretty the stamp of the chickadee is. I stamped it with black and colored it using a qtip and chalks. The oval shape was made by punching out an oval with the big shot scallop oval die. The rest of the card was pretty simple-- scallop trim border punch and some green with the sentiment on it.

stamps: Beautiful season
ink: black, chalks
paper:cherry cobbler, whisper white, crumb cake, pear pizazz
other: real red ribbon, scallop trim border punch

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pines and Pointsettias Holiday card

Here is another card using the Pines & Pointsettias set. This one is a little simpler than the last (we made this at my holiday stamp-a-stack). The card base is Wild Wasabi and I layered a strip of the Holly Berry Bouquet designer paper across it. I also punched out a strip of white using the
Lace Ribbon Border punch. Isn't it pretty? The main image was colored with markers and stamped. Quick and easy for Christmas!

stamps: Pines & Pointsettias
ink:Early espresso, real red, wild wasabi
paper: wild wasabi, real red, whisper white, Holly Berry Bouquet Designer paper
other: Lace ribbon border punch

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pines and Pointsettias

Here is another holiday card -- this one uses the Pines & Pointsettias set. I stamped the background using the XL Woodgrain stamp. I stamped the main image by coloring the stamp with markers. Then I colored over part of the rose with a Versamarker and embossed it with cherry cobbler embossing powder.

Here's a close-up:

stamps: Pines & Pointsettias, Woodgrain background
ink:early espresso, cherry cobbler, wild wasabi
paper: early espresso, whisper white, cherry cobbler, crumb cake, wild wasabi
other: satin ribbon, bakers twine, Perfect pennants big shot die, scallop trim border punch

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sparkly Holiday Card

Here is another card using the Chirstmas Lodge Stamp set. This time I cut out the top note die shape using white cardstock in the big shot. Then I stamped the trees along the bottom with Pear Pizazz ink.. I stamped twice before re-inking so that every other tree looks lighter. Then I stamped the sentiment across the top with cherry cobbler ink and added some ribbon (seam binding) across the center. I added a little glue along the bottom, (tombow multi-purpose liquid glue) and added some of the Mica Flakes from the holiday mini. WARNING! these are MESSY!!! be careful because they stick to everything! But they're worth it... look how pretty it looks!

I attached it all to a crumb cake card base that I had also layered with some pear pizazz paper that was embossing with the petals-a-plenty embossing folder.

stamps: Christmas Lodge
ink: pear pizazz, cherry cobbler
paper: crumb cake, whisper white, pear pizazz
other: mica flakes, liquid glue, seam binding ribbon, top note die, big shot

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Christmas Lodge

Another Holiday card.. I know it's only Sept. but it's never too early to start planning those holiday cards! This one uses some fun stuff from the holiday mini book. The stamp is from the set Christmas Lodge. I stamped the trees right on the suede paper and then stamped the lodge on white and punched it out with the 2 1/2" circle punch. I added "noel" from the set Many Merry Messages in cherry cobbler ink. The scallop behind it is cut out using the Perfect Pennants big shot die. Then I added some plaid paper from the Frostwood Lodge paper pack and some seam binding ribbon! What a pretty holiday card!

stamps: Christmas Lodge, Many Merry Messages
ink: soft suede, cherry cobbler
paper: soft suede, whisper white, always artichoke, Frostwood lodge designer paper
other: scallop trim border punch, crumb cake seam binding ribbon, Perfect Pennants die, big shot

Friday, September 23, 2011

Faux tearing Fall

Each month I've been showing two techniques in my technique class. Here is the second one for this month. It's called "Faux Tearing" because it looks like torn paper but really is created with one layer! Here's a close-up so you can see:

Isn't it neat how it has so much dimension but it is only one layer of card stock? I used the stamp set French Foliage to make this card. This is one of my favorite fall sets, I love the distressed look of the leaves and the french script writing! I used the thanksgiving sentiment from the set Day of Gratitude. Then I framed the whole thing using the framed tulips embossing folder!

stamps: french foliage, day of gratitude
ink:cajun craze, so saffron, soft suede, pumpkin pie
paper: whisper white, soft suede, cajun craze
other: bakers twine, framed tulips embossing folder, big shot, brayer

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stained Glass for Halloween

Here is a card we are making at my Technique Class tonight! Isn't it cool? I used a technique called "Stained Glass". If you like techniques, make sure to sign up for my next class. I have another technique class in October and then I'm taking a break from them until the new year.

For this card I used the stamp set Dark & Dreary. I used the spider along the bottom of the gray cardstock and then added a strip of black that I embossed with the spider web embossing folder. I also added some black satin ribbon. I don't usually use the same color ribbon and cardstock together like this but I liked the tone-on-tone effect it gave this card. then I added on the square using the Happy Halloween stamp and the stained glass technique. Isn't it cool?

stamps:Dark & Dreary
ink: Black
paper: basic gray, black
other: spiderweb embossing folder, black satin ribbon

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Christmas Doilies!

I just knew that the big Hello, Doily stamp would make some really cool cards and I thought why not use it for Christmas? Here are two cool cards I made using it. On the first card I paired it with the delicate doilies stamp set. First, I stamped the large doily in Versamark ink onto cherry cobbler paper and embossed it with white embossing powder.

You can tell I didn't get it inked quite evenly but I like how that makes it look sort of weathered and vintage on this card. Then I stamped around it using some of the stamps from the delicate doilies stamp set with cherry cobbler ink. I like the subtle background that added. Then to finish off I added some satin ribbon and a small tie of lucky limeade ruffled ribbon to give it that Christmas punch. Then I stamped the saying from the Beautiful Season stamp set and added that on with the label punch.

The second Doily card is similar but a little cleaner looking. I started out embossing the Large doily the same way as on the first card but this time I inked it a little better. Then I added a white flower punched out with the 5 petal flower punch into the center and curled the petals up with a bone folder. The center of the flower is the little flower in the …. punch pack. Then I punched out a strip using the Lace Ribbon border punch and added the same sentiment, this time with an oval. Which card do you like better?

stamps: Hello Doily, Delicate Doilies, Beautiful Season
ink: versamark, chocolate chip, cherry cobbler
paper: real red, cherry cobbler, chocolate chip, white, crumb cake
other: Lace Ribbon border punch, scallop border punch, Large oval punch, large label punch, 5 petal flower punch, small flower punch, satin ribbon, limeade ruffled ribbon, embossing powder, versamark

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall Thank you!

It has really started to feel like fall here the past couple of days! I can't believe it's already that time of year. I'm sad to see summer go but I do really love the fall days. There's something wonderful about throwing on a hooded sweatshirt and going for a walk…especially once the leaves start chaining color!

Here is a card that is perfect for this time of year. It uses the set Day of Gratitude. This was one of my favorites from the Holiday mini last year so I was excited to see it made it into this years big book! I love the big medallion that's in the set and the leaves. On this card I stamped them randomly on very vanilla card stock using riding hood red, pumpkin pie and chocolate chip ink. Then I made a border using the awesome Lace ribbon border punch out of chocolate chip card stock. I also added some early espresso bakers twine and the sentiment punched out with the Decorative label punch.

stamps: Day of Gratitude
ink: riding hood red, chocolate chip, pumpkin pie
paper: riding hood red, chocolate chip, crumb cake, very vanilla
other: bakers twine, Lace Ribbon border punch, label punch

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Seal Birthday Card

Here is a card made using the Under the Big Top circus set! I really love this set... I think because of the colors they used and the coordinating paper--It's so bright and cheery! I can see lots of great birthday cards to be made with this.

To start out I made a birthday card for my brother. I stamped the seal and colored it in with markers to coordinate with the paper using tempting turquoise, daffodil delight and real red. I added some glitter onto the seal using the new Dazzling Details liquid glitter. This is a great way to add glitter without all the mess since it is like a liquid glue.. just make sure you leave enough time for it to dry before you have to mail your card! Here is a close-up so you can see the sparkly seal:

The Sentiment is from the hostess set Happiest Birthday wishes! This set is a great value- it has a ton of cool birthday sayings.. all you need to do is host a workshop to get it!

stamps: Under the Big Top, Happiest Birthday Wishes
ink: tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, real red, Black
paper: tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, real red, whisper white
other: bakers twine, scallop border punch
, Dazzling details glitter

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Non-stamping project!

Here is a gift I made for my mom for her birthday! I first saw the wreath on the blog Jen's Stamp World... Here is the link. It is made from recycled book pages that are cut in spirals and twisted into roses. I love how this turned out!

I used Styrofoam wreath base and glued the roses on with a hot glue gun. I did burn my finger a couple of times so if you try this.. make sure to be careful. It wasn't difficult but did take some time and patience!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hot Air Balloons

When I first looked through the new idea book and catalog, this was one of the set that caught my eye! It's called Up, Up, and Away-- which always makes me sing that song in my head! I just thought it would be so fun and cheerful to make cards with. I haven't had much of a chance to play with it yet but here is one card I made. I used some of the new InColors (wisteria wonder, pool party, calypso coral and island indigo) to stamp the balloons. Then I created some fun clouds behind them using a scallop circle as a mask for sponging. This card also uses the super pretty ruffled ribbon and the houndstooth embossing folder.

stamps: Up, Up and Away
ink: wisteria wonder, pool party, calypso coral and island indigo
paper: wisteria wonder, island indigo, whisper white
other: sponge, scallop circle punch, scallop trim border punch, houndstooth embossing folder, top note big shot die, pool party ruffled ribbon


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