October 30, 2008

Oh, Christmas Tree...

An Old Fashioned Christmas

I love this stamp set! This is an image I received as part of Splitcoast Stampers wish RAK forum, and it turned into an absolutely beautiful card! Once again, I used the emboss resist technique. I colored the tree and toys with colored pencils and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged several different colors of distress inks in the background and below the tree. Then I overstamped the "wall" portion with a leafy glade background stamp in So Saffron. Then sponged more So Saffron in the background to tone it down and blend it in to the other inks. Then I used my gold paint pen and edged the paper with a gold pen. This was mounted on a bravo burgundy paper that was also edged in gold paint pen. the hardware is copper toned photo corner brads. all this was mounted on a Stampin Up green cardstock. I honestly don't know what color the green paper is called. If anyone has this set and would like to trade with me or sell me the set, I would love to own it. Just e-mail me.

October 27, 2008

Welcome, Baby!

Baby gift Tag

This is a gift tag for a co-worker of my husband. It was a pattern I found somewhere on the internet and modified it to get the little white pinafore. The paper underneath is from last year's prints pack from Stampin' Up! The stamp is from Lovely labels and is embossed with clear embossing powder over regal rose ink. I wasn't overly happy with the whole thing, but I loved the idea. Maybe I'll work with it some more some other time. The card is attached to a store-bought bag.

Whimsical Birthdays

Happy Birthday, my friend!

This is a card that I did for a very dear friend who just turned 30. It was a lot of fun to do and uses the emboss resist technique. I colored the image with prismacolor pencils layering the colors to get some depth and softness to the image. Then I used a versamark marker and colored over everything I wanted to remain in the colors I used. After that I embossed with clear embossing powder, and brayered on the background. To give the blue more depth, I used prismacolor pencils again and added some layers and texture to it. The hardware is Stampin' Up!'s vanilla hodgepodge hardware.

October 23, 2008


Dreams Du Jour

These are bookmarks I made for a friend and they are pretty fun to do. The one on the left uses the dreams du jour set and the one on the right uses a different set I can't recall the name of. If anyone knows, email me and set me straight!

Love in the air

Summer by the Sea

This was one of the first stamp sets I fell in love with and still think it's beautiful. I would love to have the other set that goes with this one, Seaside Sketches, but alas it's retired and hard to find. This was a very simple card (I managed to whip it out in less than 30 minutes), but I love the simplicity of it. The lines are all embossed with black and the sky is sponged in with Baja Breeze ink. The words are embossed with white. Can you tell I like embossing? It's a sickness. Can't help it! LOL

childhood whimsy

Sock Monkey

I have to admit, when I first saw this set I was not at all in love with it, but now that I have made this card, I think it's really pretty fun to use. My friend gave me Sock Monkey (long story) and he's found a pretty happy home here. This card was for my nephew and I think it makes a pretty cute little kid card. this is a rather tricky set to use, though. I have to admit a lot tonight don't I? LOL

Fall is in the air

With Gratitude

This was a fun card to do. It uses the beautiful set called With Gratitude. In case you haven't figured it out by now, I really like the natural stamps! :) The main leaf was stamped on acetate with black staz-on ink and then "colored" in with crystal effects dyed with ruby red re-inker. The background stamp on the main part of the card is Sanded. In enjoyed the creativity of this one quite a bit, but I'm still not real happy with the piece of cardstock behind the word "hope". Just couldn't find anything that I felt looked just right. Oh well, maybe I'll figure it out sometime.

Adorable little bunny

Serene Spring

this is another card swap I did for Kansas City regionals. It uses the beautiful serene spring set and the "for you" comes from Fresh Cuts. The little bunny is colored with watercolor pencils, and then I used the cracked glass technique to finish it out. The background I believe is the boho blossoms background stamp, and the green strip is from the Bella blossoms designer papers.

Adorable scarecrows for the season

Happy Blessings

This was a really fun card to do and was done almost totally with punches. I did this one for the Kansas City regionals swap. The scarecrow was borrowed from another website, and if you want the instructions, you'll have to e-mail me. It took ten different punches to make this little guy, but he's so cute! I just love scarecrows. The stamping on the card came from the Happy Blessings set in the Fall mini catalog.

An oldie but goodie

Noble as a Deer

This card was cased from one I saw on one of my favorite blogs. I loved the card and this set very much! It took a little while to do, but was very much worth the effort. Since I did this one some time back, I don't really recall all the details of the card, though. Sorry about that.

October 16, 2008

Another Cardinal Christmas

Oh my goodness!

A friend and I figured out this new technique tonight using embossing sheets, sticky strip and glittered embossing powder. Isn't it gorgeous?!

Okay, so I'm not so good at getting the sentiment on straight (especially when it's mounted not so straight, ahem), but the overall effect, I hope, is stunning enough to not see the slight imperfection. The only set used here is the Cardinal Christmas, but the Season's greetings sentiment came from Snow Swirled.

October 15, 2008


With this Ring, I thee wed....

This was created for a friend's son who is getting married this weekend. It uses two different stamp sets--To Have and to Hold, and Together Forever. The frame on the front was embossed with gold on black paper and then cut out to be a frame around the bride and groom who are also embossed onto blush blossom paper. The sentiment at the bottom is embossed in gold. The chocolate chip paper is stamped with the beautiful flower in versamark ink. A ribbon I colored with a blush blossom marker sets the tone for the whole thing.

Crazy for cupcakes

Cupcakes, galore!

Happy Birthday! This card was made for a family member's birthday. It was a lot of fun to make. The front has a little pocket with a card that pulls out and features a cupcake stamped over with a sentiment. The cherries on the cupcakes are dotted with crystal effects to make them look shiny.

Morning Soft

Morning Soft

This is the beautiful morning glory set out of the 2008 Stampin' Up Fall/Winter idea book. I love morning glories and think they are such a bright and cheerful flower. For this card, I borrowed the idea from a swap a fellow demonstrator received, and made a few little changes. The technique here is emboss resist and it give such a dramatic effect. I used the new Sizzix top note die cute to cut out the piece the flower is stamped on.

October 13, 2008

Inspired By Nature

This is yet another of the sets that I love out of the Fall/Winter Idea book this year. I also adore the Parisian Summer Designer Series Paper. It's a bit difficult to tell from this photo, but there are actually two background stamps on this in Pirouette Pink--Bella's background, and canvas. That is stamped on pirouette pink paper. I just really think the combination of pirouette pink and bravo burgundy are beautiful together. Who says red and pink don't match, Mom? :D

October 12, 2008

Home for Christmas

Home For

Yet another set from the wonderful Fall 2008 mini catalog from Stampin' Up this year. This was a card created for display at a workshop. It uses riding hood red and chocolate chip cardstocks on whisper white. The main image is colored directly on the stamp and the enhanced with blender pens and soft colors after stamping. Dazzling diamonds accent the snowy tree in the foreground. The sentiment is stamped with versamark and then embossed with white. So pretty!

Cardinal Christmas Swap

Cardinal Christmas

Here is a swap card that was made for the Kansas City Regionals back in September. It looks more complicated than it really is. It uses all Stampin' Up supplies. Cardstock is whisper white, ridinghood red, and basic black. Inks are Baja Breeze, riding hood red, versamark, and garden green. Some would say I'm a technique addict and this card is no exception. It uses emboss resist and sponging. The stamp set is the beautiful Cardinal Christmas out of the 2008 fall mini catalog. I love this set!


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