Sunday, December 28, 2008
I finally had a chance to stamp! Since I started working again I have not finished a card! Everything I have been posting was done before Thanksgiving. So once the clutter of Christmas was cleared away, I finally had a chance to sit down and get back to work on my art! It was sort of hard to get back into the groove. I spent most of Saturday just puttering around in my craft room, trying to get inspired. I still have a lot of Christmas DSP and stamps that I didn't get time to use so it was hard letting go of the Christmas theme. I sort of wanted to start on Valentine's Day cards, but decided to put that off for a bit. I finally settled on something with flowers that would be a background for a Rubbernecker sentiment stamp that I have been wanting to use. I've had this one and a few others from Rubbernecker for at least six months and none of them have seen ink yet!
With all the layers and stitching, this card took me about 10 hours to make. It is finished off completely on the inside. I wanted to make something slightly vintage but not distressed. I finally decided to use last year's SU DSP LeJardin. I really love that paper pack and have a brand new unopened pack of it squirreled away! The base of the card is a 5.5" square of Bashful Blue. The next panel up is Very Vanilla with the edges sponged with Creamy Caramel. To add interest and texture to the DSP, I clear embossed one side with a harliquin stamp from Hero Arts and the other side is stamped in More Mustard and clear embossed with the Script BG stamp from SU. The edges were again sponged with Creamy Caramel and machine stitched to the Very Vanilla layer. The main image is the flower from The Art of Life set with Bashful Blue and Always Artichoke inks. I traced over the stamped image with my Versamark pen and clear embossed the image also. The edges of both layers were also sponged with Creamy Caramel and this layer was popped up on craft foam. The sentiment was stamped in Always Artichoke and the flower image stamped across it after being stamped off once. Both sentiment panels were cut with the Nestabilities Long Rectangles. The ribbon is from last year's SU collection. The filagree in the top corners was cut with the Cuttlebug Floral Borders die, inked with Always Artichoke and clear embossed. The antique looking daisy "brads" are actually the front of old earings I picked up recently at an antique store. I pried the backs off and glued them to the ribbon. The colors match the So Saffron in the DSP perfectly and add a nice retro touch. The inside was finished off with a combination of the same stamps, inks and papers I used for the front panels. I really love the way this card came out. I think it has a slightly country French feel to it. The soft, subtle colors of the LeJardin paper pack are so soothing to me and I think the card has a nice "artsy" look to it. Hope you enjoyed looking at this card.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas with enough to eat, a few gifts and the warm, wonderful community of family and friends to celebrate our Savior's birth. May we all work for peace by sharing God's bounty, an unearned gift, with all of humanity.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
There is a double row of machine stitching using gold thread around the border of the DSP. The red flower was created using the Riding Hood Red textured cardstock cut with the CB Flowers die. I cut two, dampened them with a sprinkle or two of water and shaped the petals to curve upward and then layered them. The two leaves were punched with a Martha Stewart punch and three tiny topaz rhinestones were added. I don't have one large solid star die so the star was cut with the CB Concentric Stars die. I mounted the whole piece of chipboard on a piece of cardstock to keep them from separating and then embossed with the Egyptian Gold EP from Judi-Kins, punched holes, threaded with gold cord and wrapped the cord back around the opposing corner. The inside of the card is also finished off with multiple layers, DSP, gold stitching and a lovely little angel from the SU Yultide Montage set.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I first made the "postcard" using the stamp from the retired Vintage Postcard set and then stamped Santa and his reindeer with Bravo Burgundy on a piece of Very Vanilla. The cancellation mark is from Office Ephemera. I cut the edges of the postcard with a deckle cut scissors and sponged the edge with Creamy Caramel. Humm, now that I have made this beautiful little ephemra gem, what to do with it? I pulled out a piece of Cosmo Cricket Oh Joy collection which Ithought would be perfect. I love this season's Cosmo Cricket Oh Joy collection. I bought a bunch of it on line and alas, I haven't had time to make many Christmas cards so most of it is still sitting in my stash unused.
I built this card on a shell of Very Vanilla and sponged the edges (of this layer and all others) with Creamy Carmel. The next layer up is Wild Wassabi topped with another layer of Very Vanilla and then the Cosmo Cricket paper. I used the basic scalloped square die that comes with the Cuttlebug to cut three postage stamp type squares, stamped a snowflake from The Snowflake Spot on all three and again sponged the edges with Creamy Caramel. I cut SANTA from the Oliva CB alphabet. When cutting "chipboard" with my CB dies, I usually use a thin cardboard - the kind that comes in DSP packs - cutting two pieces of each and gluing them together. That way I can make nice chunky chipboard with my CB dies (which don't cut the thick chipboard very well).
The ornaments in the upper left were stamped and embossed using another retired SU set Joy. I dyed a flower from the Pretties kit with Bravo Burgundy ink. Then I took a piece of Christmas ribbon, smeared both the flower and the bow with Versamark and sprinkled them with Judi-Kins Egyptian Gold EP and ran the heat gun lightly over them (didn't want to melt the flower or ribbon!). I layered and glued them together and topped them off with a clear rhinestone. I tied the ornaments with a bit of gold cord.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
For this card, I gold embossed the main image three times on 140# watercolor paper, and lightly watercolored it with my SU Classic ink pads with much watered Rose Red and Certainly Celery. I cut out each individual leaf and built up the flower, layer by layer. The paper directly under the poinsettia is last year's Rose Red DSP that I stamped with the retired Filagree stamp and embossed with Judi-Kins Egyptian Gold EP, which I absolutely LOVE. It is so sparkly. The hardware on the corners is thin chipboard cut with the CB Ornamental die and also embossed with the Egyptian Gold EP. The hearts are plastic buttons that I snipped the shanks off and glued on. The green DSP is last year's SU Wintergreen paper.
I made this card into a photo card by finishing off the inside panel with a blank center where either photo or a personal note can be added. The right side of the panel was left open and I made another photo card that can be slid in between the two layers. Then I made a separate photo card that could just be slipped inside the card before inserting into the envelope. So basically, three photos could be contained in this micro-scrapbook.
I used the Filagree stamp to emboss with Egyptian gold on vellum and punched it out with the SU corner punch. All the machine stitching is in gold thread. The zig zag edges are done with a Martha Stewart punch.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Whoo hoo, this one tickled me! I had so much fun making it and thinking of Santa's sweet little vacation at the beach after the stress of the Christmas season. Notice that I gave him a bit of a tanned belly and a belly jewel! But I don't think he used enough sun screen because his nose and bald head is lookin' a little sunburned.
This card is built on a shell of Tempting Turquoise and then a layer of last summer's Basic Grey Euphoria designer paper. I went around the edge of the BG paper with Stickles for a little bling. Then I embossed a layer of Pretty in Pink with the D'vine Swirl CB embossing folder, topped with another layer in Rose Red. The top layer is watercolor paper. Each double layer was machine stitched. I stamped Santa and the palm tree once with my stamps inked once with Versamark and then inked with Basic Black. With that combination, I clear embossed the images. Then I stamped them both again on scraps, watercolored them, cut them out and layered them on top of the previously stamped images. They were each popped up with craft foam. I freehand watercolored the beach and the ocean and applied a bit of Stickles to the crests of the waves for sparkle. Santa's beard and the puffy clouds are liquid applique. I painted the entire palm tree with a mixture of Simple Solutions Solution #2 Medium and a small amout of LuminArte Metallic Mica Luster Pearl. When it dried, it gave the tree a nice shimmer. I also used some Crystal Effects on the bulbs of the Christmas lights strung on the palm tree. The Warm Wishes sentiment was clear embossed having been inked with Versamark and Tempting Turquoise classic ink. I notched the edges of the "sign" to make it resemble a bamboo sign that you often see at the beach. Then I painted the whole sign with more of the LuminArte Metallic solution and then went around the edges with Stickles. The stocking and contents were also watercolored with my SU classic pads and painted with the LuminArte Metallic solution. The hanger is just a bit of brass colored wire that I coiled around a round toothpick to make the coil.
Here's to wishing Santa a relaxing R&R on South Beach!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The card is mounted in a shell of More Mustard, followed by distressed layers of Garden Green and Really Rust. I used ColorBox Fluid Chalk pads to stamp the image in the upper left corner as well as the golden rod you can see peeking out on the right side. The Really Rust panel was embossed with the CB Diamonds in the Rough folder and was sponged with more of the chalk pads. I used a small rectangle of last year’s SU Outlaw DSP, distressed of course, and layered vellum that I embossed with Really Rust classic ink.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
For this card, I started with a 5.5 x 5.5" base panel of Close to Cocoa. The next panel up was Appricot Appeal embossed with the Cuttlebug Textiles embossing folder. I distressed and sponged the edges with Close to Cocoa plus I sponged some of the high points of the embossed design with Close to Cocoa. The next layer is Melissa Frances DSP that I distressed with scissors rather than a distressing tool to give more of a torn edge effect. Again, I sponged it with ink - this time Chocolate Chip. The DSP was then machine stitched onto the embossed panel.
I took a scrap of Appricot Appeal and another of Pumpkin Pie and punched the eduge with the SU Scallop Punch. I punched holes in each scallop of the Appricot Appeal panel with my Crop-o-Dile. The edges were torn and sponged with a darker ink and then the two panels were sewn together with a zig-zag stitch for a country feel. "Blessings" was heat embossed with Judi-Kins Eqyptian Gold EP as was the SU chipboard letter B. A maple leaf was punched with my old Creative Memories leaf maker and also gold embossed, topped with an SU button and hemp thread.
The two butterflies are Cuttlebug Butterflies die cuts. The die also comes with four embossing folders. The DSP is also Melissa Frances. I sponged darker ink over the high areas of the embossed images for effect.
The two tags were cut with the Cuttlebug Halloween sign die (whichi also comes with an embossing folder that I didn't use for this card). I first heat embossed the Really Rust card stock with Versamark and clear EP using some stamps from Garden Silhouettes and then dry embossed it with the CB Textile folder and sponged the high areas with Craft White ink. The Bittersweet Farms sticker is also from Melissa Frances and the gingham ribbon is from SU. I topped it off with a random silk flower that seemed to be the right color and a topaz colored rhinestone.
What do you think? Am I giving you too much information? I am still pretty new to blogging and don't really know how much everyone wants to know! Feel free to leave comments.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Stamps: Natural Beauty
Paper: Confetti Cream, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Melissa Francis DSP, SU Brocade Backgrounds DSP, SU Outlaw DSP
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Accessories: Wooden heart buttons, linen thread, Melissa Francis tag and sticker, SU creamy caramel gingham ribbon, Jo-Ann's orange gingham ribbon, SU Hodge Podge clip, Cuttlebug Oliva Die Alphabet
Monday, December 8, 2008
A friend asked me to make a card for her aunt's 90th birthday. She didn't want 90th anywhere on the card, but said the theme of the celebration was butterflies. I wanted to use some sort of floral and butterfly theme, but still bring in some of the colors of the season. So I decided to use Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Treasures designer paper. I started to stamp a flower and butterfly image, but then remembered that I had the Cuttlebug Butterflies die and embossing folders and decided to give them a try. I really liked the look and went from there. I used a Martha Stewart edge punch and the new Nestabilities Labels #2 dies, plus another tag die from Spellbinders. I finished it off with adding some half pearls to give it a nice polished look.
Here's the recipe:
Stamps: It's Your Birthday, Elegant Greetings
Paper: Old Olive, Holiday Treasurers DSP
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Cuttlebug Butterflies dies/embossing folders & Nestabilities Labels 2, Martha Stewart punch, half pearls, Stickles
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Used for watercoloring: Glorious Green, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Carmel, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo, Basic Gray
Accessories: Cuttlebug Ice Crystal and Snowflake #2 dies, red gingham and silver ribbon, Pretties kit brads, Martha Stewart punch, Liquid Applique, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, white Singo pen, sewing machine