Monday, December 31, 2007

Thank You


I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank You to those of you who read here. I am hoping to be a better blogger in the new year and sharing more and in a more timely manner

I appreciate your interest in my art and giving me the chance to share with you all.

Have a safe and blessed New Year!


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Sunday, December 30, 2007

SU Angel


I went to a get together with one of my groups and they had a huge selection of SU stamps including this lovely angel. One of the ladies there used this as her shoe box project. We colored on the back of the velum with the watercolor crayons. That was my first time using them and they color pretty smoothly! I was impressed. The bottom was done with one of the wheels and rolled onto the paper so easily! I have the smaller wheels (well some anyway) and I really liked the wider bigger one used here also so I will have to look into getting some of them. I apologize as I don't know the color names and such for the supplies, I do not often use one specific company and I do not know enough about SU items to list them. The card was basically a lot of layering and then adding the lighter blue piece and the ribbon which is also layered. I used it for a Christmas card for someone this year. I am just cleaning up my card photo file and wanted to share this one with you all!


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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Congratulations Flourish Rose


This is an ATC I made for a Flourish Stamp challenge.

The Flourish is from Autumn Leaves Elegant Flourishes by Rhonna Farrer. I stamped it onto a scrap of patterned paper I had with my Palette Noir Inkpad. I then stamped the rose image from PSX onto white cardstock from Hollo's and colored with Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils and Gamasol. I cut it out and layered it on top of the Flourish stamped image. I then added a rub on leftover word I had in my scrap pile to the upper corner. I then mounted it onto a black base ATC and wallah!!!!

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Little Indian Princess


One of my favorite groups Stampers Corner is having a Wednesday Challenge now where an image is posted and you can print it, alter it or whatever to it and then share the work with the group. I have only done a couple as my printer is being UNCOOPERATIVE and won't allow me to print lately. Here is one of them I was able to do.

I used card stock from Hollo's and layered it up, adhered the image I had printed on a laser printer. Used my SU slot punch on one side to give it a little decoration. I then added the Prima Flower and a button center. I used my Daisy D's Faux Stitch runner along the sides also. In RL the Prima and the flower colors match much better than they scanned as do the button and the green cs.

There wasn't much to this one really but it turned out quite nicely especially since images like this are out of my comfort zone!

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Thank You "Partridge"


I have been lax in posting to this blog and I am hoping to work to do better at that. Not really a resolution but something I just want to do better at.

Anyway on to the card.

I made the background paper with my new Alcohol Inks that came from a partner swap for the holiday's! They are the Tim Holtz Adirondack Cabin Cupboard Collection. The paper is glossy white from Hollo's in Brunswick, OH. One of the cool things about using the Alcohol inks is that all the cards are a little different even if you are assembly line building multiples. No two backgrounds are ever the same!

I stamped the TAC Partridge image onto the background piece with my Black Noir Palete Inkpad. I also stamped from my TAC Rose Sentiments Set the Thank You phrase. Then I used my Noir pad to edge my sides for a little definition. I didn't think it quite looked right so I took my pear image (I can't recall who it is from - sorry) and using my Charcoal Palette Inkpad stamped images over everything. I was thinking along the lines of thank you for my Partridge in the Pear Tree LOL as I will be using these for some Christmas Thank You's as well as a swap. I added copper brads (Doodlebug Designs) to the corners and then matted onto dark brown cs (Hollo's) and then onto an orangish-cooper base A2 piece of cs (Hollo's).

I was pleased with how it turned out :) Hope you enjoy it too!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas!


Karyn :)

Friday, December 7, 2007

Brrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The theme for this ATC was Brrrrrr! What shows that more than snow LOL. I had this cute pair of gloved hands holding a snowball and I just got these adorable winter stickers from Oriental Trading Co. that happened to have one that said Brrr! So I paired them up!

I used a piece of watercolor paper cut to atc size and used my Seascape ink Pad to brush across it a bit to soften it up.

For some reason I associate lighter blues with wintery items :)

Then layered the gloved hands with the snowball on the top, cutting the edges to keep it the correct size.

I added some snowflakes that I had cut out using my cuttlebug die. They wouldn't stay stuck on the paper so I used my Stickles to add a little sparkle and shine and to help keep them adhered to the atc top.

I put the Brrr sticker onto a piece of light blue cs scrap I found laying around and then adhered it to the lower right hand corner of the atc, again using stickles around the edges to make sure it stayed there.

This was another pretty simple idea that came together well. I was pleased with the outcome - hope you enjoy it too!

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Products used:

Cuttlebug snowflake die, Palette Ink in Seascape, Stickles, Oriental Trading Co. Brrr sticker

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Bookpage ATC



This was a fun ATC to make. I started with a page from an old book. It was so hard being a book lover to tear that page out let me tell you - I could never of done it to one I had loved and read :) Anyway this one had the cover torn off already so I am thinking it came from a used store or was a non seller so it made it a little - just a little easier.

Once the page was torn out I used a foam brush to sweep Gesso across the page, covering thicker in some areas than others. I let it dry for awhile. I then glued the page to a piece of heavier cardboard type base so it would lay nice and flat and be sturdy for people to look at if they felt so inclined! LOL

I added some flourish stamps to it - just random ones, stamping off the sides of the atc too. I then edged the atc with the same ink pad to give it a more finished look.

The picture I used was taken from Shorpy's site, a black and white picture taken by Fitz. W Guerin. I played with it in PSP and ended up using a filter on it to change the coloring some to an aged newspaper look. I erased some of the surrounding black to make it easier to cut her out after printing her. I printed her on white vellum and cut her out. Then using sticker adhesive I adhered her to the lower corner of the atc. I felt the opposing corner was a bit "nekkid" and used the Prima flower in a pale blue with a brown brad at the center to finish it off.

This really was a fun one for me and again a little out of my comfort zone in using vintage theme and very little stamping!

Enjoy!

Products Used
: Random book Page, Gesso, mini brad, Prima Essentials Two Flower, Palette Burnt Umber Ink Pad, Autumn Leaves Elegant Flourishes by Rhonna Farrer, Picture from Shorpy's online album.


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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Rose Lady

One of the lists I am on has started a new thing called Wednesday Challenge. This is good for me as I imagine the images will get me to step out of my comfort zone a bit and try some new things!

The first image shared was that of the Rose Lady you see here :) I printed her on regular copier paper on a laser printer. I then cut her out a little smaller than card front size to allow for some layering later. I used a scrap of mauve colored sheer ribbon I had in my stash and tied it in a small knot at the top with the ends cut at an angle and resting upwards. I had just bought these really cool sticker drops from the Oriental Trading Co. and one said Bundle Up which fit here perfectly. Since the sticker was clear and white it was hard to see on the white background so I put it onto a piece of mauve colored textured paper from Hollo's Papercraft Store in Brunswick, OH, then cut around it again to keep the oval shape. I glued it onto the top of the ribbon right under the knot. Then I layered this all onto more of that pretty mauve colored textured paper. Then I mounted it onto some brown leather looking cs also from Hollo's.

I am pleased with how it came out - I think maybe I should of edged the white paper with some brown ink to give it a little more definition maybe but live and learn as they say! :)

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Free Printable Images

Don't Forget that today starts Lisa Vollrath's Countdown to Christmas - don't forget to follow her directions before you download though!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Mom's Birthday Card

I decided to make my mom a fun Z-Fold card for her birthday this month. I used some semi-glossy white cs for the Z part and layered it onto pink cs base. I then layered some paper from my 6x6 pad Making Memories Boho Chic Embellishment Paper Petite Paisley. I stamped the saying "You're not getting older...." from the CTMH Card Sentiments D1111 Set on a piece of the Petite Paisley paper and mounted it onto another piece of the pink cs for the top. Inside on the semi-glossy white cs I stamped the other half of the saying "you're getting better!" from the CTMH Card Sentiments D1111

I used my Belle Rose Palette Ink from TAC to stamp the saying and to edge the paper. I finished the top off with a mini prima and a green brad for the center.

My mom has a thing for snowpeople so when I saw the Cuttlebug die cut that had a snowman on it I knew I had to get it to use for her :) I cut one of him out and put it on a strip of the Petite Paisley paper and then mounted that onto the side of her envelope. You can see him on the lower left corner there in the pic!

Mom loved it and I was glad I had taken the time to put him there!

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Make it Sparkle


so the assignment was to make it sparkle - now I AM NOT THE GLITTER QUEEN so I have to use alternate means of sparkle :) I choose to use Stickles again here...I think it is my new favorite product LOL!

I cut out 3 flowers with my cuttlebug and one of their dies. I then added the stickles to them and let them dry.

Once again I was using my scraps up so I edged the striped paper I found with my Palette Belle Rose Ink Pad, I edged the flowers just a bit to and then drug the ink pad along the little half oval thing where I stamped the word friends. That is a TAC stamp from the set The Good Life TAC-2626

I used a floral brad from my stash to attach the word on the lower left corner and then mounted the entire thing onto light green cs. I then attached my dried flowers with mini glue dots in the centers.

Fun card so I decided to make another one with the same Stickled flowers...since I am using scraps though it is of course NOT quite the same.

this one I mounted the flowers onto a strip of silver metallic striped paper I found - it is thick almost like card board. I used mini silver brads in the centers to attach them.

I then mounted that onto the last of the paper I had that matched the flowers - it was the back of an ad or something I tore from a magazine :)

I then mounted that onto the other half of the light green cs. I used my Be Authentic T-2181 TAC set to stamp the word hello and then I used the stickles to trace along it to for a little more sparkle!

That's all for now.........
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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Oriental Woman Card


I made this card for a one on one swap - the theme was You Make Me Feel Like A Woman. I loved the Oriental lady, I had stamped her at a get together some time ago (so sorry I don't know who she is made by) and embossed her with black embossing on glossy cs. I cut her out and layered her onto some linen type paper I found in my scraps. I added a bit of Washi paper I also found in my scraps along the side of the card. I didn't want to use a saying or anything but rather leave it blank so that a person could write a short note inside to their friend. I thought the top looked a little "nekkid" though so I added a charm to the top that was tied with a bit of Scrappers Floss from CTMH.

I matted my linen paper with black cs and then mounted it onto my blue base card. Easy one to make but I was really pleased with the outcome.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

I need a new computer!



Click on the frog...

this is a hoot and a cute way to reach out and ask for help!

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"pop" out cards


I made this card for a Gift type swap and it is actually a pull out one and I choose to use Popcorn for it - thus the name "pop" out card :)
I used my TAC hostess set of penguins which are adorable and used colored pencils/odorless mineral spirits to color various parts in. I added Stickles to the cap brim and puff. The snowflake is just a misc. one I have around for filling in those space voids on cards! I used some Stickles on some of the flakes too. The ribbon I used is some I got in a hostess thank you from a swap along the way. The Merry Christmas is a UM I got when I first started stamping and I am sorry I don't know who is it made by - I need a better cataloging system to kee track of all that. I made a couple of these but the penguin was my favorite!

Here is another one I made with the Inque Boutique Holiday Spotlight Collection Burst of Christmas stamp set (#50814)


The other one here I made with an Anita's Stamp that has the trio of presents on it. The word Christmas is again from the Burst of Christmas set mentioned above.


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Monday, November 19, 2007

Polished Stone


I made these fun Polished Stone atc's for a swap last month and love looking at the balance of the backgrounds I have here so I figured I would share the beauty with you all too :). I stamped on them with my Noir Palette Ink a partial impression of the flower (Flowers & Elements FAE3-06) which is a set I tend to pick up and use quite often! The set takes up 3 whole cd cases and I love them all! Anyway I made the various polished stone backgrounds then cut them to 2 1/4" x 3 1/4", stamped the image on, added a small sentiment in one corner and then added various do-dads from my stash to the opposing corners or some a small spiral clip along the one side. I then mounted them onto pink or burgundy cs to make them the correct size for atc's 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" .

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Mystery Image for October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Mystery image for a swap I happened to be in was this ribbon. I thought it was a perfect victory ribbon but figured everyone else would make it the traditional blue that you get from various activities so what could I do different?

Why not claim a victory over something that is so devastating to many. I colored the ribbon by smushing my Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid Ink Pad onto it and then cut it out. I used some Crayola pink glitter glue I had to highlight the inside ring of the ribbon and then I hand wrote "I won!" in the center. I decided that I didn't want it to be a card that got left sitting around but rather something a person could take with them or leave somewhere for others to find :) I made it a bookmark by mounting it on some black cs that I cut and rounded the corners of and then mounted on pink cs. I then punched a hole near the top and added some funky pink fiber I have had for who knows how long but that was big and fluffy and made me think happy thoughts! (and yes I did leave some laying around the library to be "found")

I have been asked am I a survivor by some people who I gave this too and no I have not had breast cancer nor do I currently have it that I am aware of but yes it has touched my family and a friend so I do try to give time, crafts or offer help to raise money to help to find a cure for this disease.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Simple Snowman



Today I shopped a little for some Christmas odd's and ends I needed and as I sit here and listen to TSO waiting for some Stickles to dry I thought I would share a cute little snowman ATC I made last month. Yep I know I am way behind on shares - part of my problem is I have difficulty with my camera and getting it to download properly so I tend to take my pictures in bulk and then to upload them in bulk to share when I can..guess I need to work on that. Anyway I love this little guy and I was again playing with my "other" colored pencils trying to figure out the correct way to color with Odorless Mineral Spirits and a blending stump...I think he is pretty darn cute! He is from an old retired TAC set and of course I used my Noir Black Palette Ink to stamp him and then simply colored him in , punched out a circle around him and then mounted him on some maroon cs which I then mounted onto white cs that I had distressed the edges of with my Noir Black Palette Ink also. Ok so back to my project which I will try to share later...another day :)

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Another Triple Flower Card


When I stamped those Magenta flowers with the Palette Inks I made several impressions of them so I could use them for various cards. Here I cut three of the tops of them out and to add some depth I mounted them on top of the actual image with Pop Dots. I used the Stickles Star Dust (I need more of this!)here again too for some sparkle and shimmer! I ran the top half of my white card stock through my Cuttlebug using the Thank You A2 Embossing folder. I then sponged some of the Violete Palette Ink around the flowers and a little heavier on the word THANKS itself to bring it out more. I added some sheer pink ribbon at the top and knotted a small bit to glue dot on top of the wrapped piece of ribbon. I used this for a one on one swap that had a thanks theme. I hope the recipient enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it!

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Prisma Color Pencils

So I stopped at my PO Box today to pick up my mail and the Prisma Color Pencils I scored a good deal on have finally arrived! I promptly came home and opened them up to play with. I almost cried when I realized I bought WATERCOLOR ones. I figured they wouldn't work with the Odorless Mineral Spirits which was the whole reason I wanted them as the Crayola's just weren't cutting it. Well what have I got to lose...I try them anyway...OMGosh they color like a dream and they looked fantastic! Gave that perfect shading from outer to inner that I was going for. I only colored one picture tonight since I had a lot to do but I can't wait to do more with them. Yep I think I am glad my dh is going away this weekend, my dd has to work and I can color the whole weekend away!
Well DUH! I forgot to scan the card I made too, hopefully the person I am sending it to will scan it for me and I will add it here later... see what happens when you get to excited!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Quickie Triple Flower Card


I stamped my Magenta Triple Flower stamp twice on whit card stock once with a Violete Palette Ink and once with a Belle Rose Palette Ink

I then cut the flowers apart and mounted them on the base card stock. I applied Stickles Star Dust to them to make them sparkle a bit

The bottom "Just A Note" is a stamp from Rubber Stampede and simply stamped on white paper and torn for the rough edge look then affixed to the base card stock also.

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Monday, November 5, 2007

A Star Danced


I found this saying stamp at the very first stamp convention I ever attended, I took a picture of it and have been searching for it ever since...yeah I know should of bought it there! Well I went to another stamp convention in mid October with a bunch of my online friends and it was there so I scooped it right up (stamp from Stamp La Jolla) and made this card for a friends birthday. I had this adorable scraps of star paper in brown and paired it with some pink background paper and then I found this cute striped brown paper too and thought it looked pretty cute. I stamped the saying on pink paper with my TAC Palette Ink and then used my border punch to add the decorative bottom edge. Used a scrap of pink sheer ribbon and tied the knot to the side. Hope you enjoy it too!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pieces parts


I made this main image at the Adventures in Stamping show in Strongsville, OH that I went to a few weeks ago. It was colored with Sparkling H2O's an then covered with hmmm I think Diamond Dust or something like that - it is teeny tiny beads basically :) I then found that circle saying that I had received in a stamped image swap and thought it complemented it nicely. I added the buttons to pull out the other colors I used in the dragonflies. Layered on paper from the Paper Place.

Simple yet fun card.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

more from the scraps I found


This was an image I found in my stamped pile that has gathered from various get togethers and received in various swap so unfortunately I don't know whose it is.

I colored it with my colored pencils and mineral spirits. I layered it on top of a wallpaper sample and added some orange ribbon to the side. I put 3 knotted pieces of ribbon near the top. I then added a small Prima flower to the lower corner cause the image when cut out had a funky edge there LOL. I then layered this onto and orangish-brown base piece of cardstock.
Pretty simple card and made from the extra bits 'n pieces that I found laying around.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tunnel Card


This is the front of a tunnel card I made from a step by step class on my Yahoo group. I used my Cuttlebug A2 Stylized Flowers Embossing folder on the front and a piece of stray ribbon. I used my Palette Burnt Umber Ink Pad to edge the light green paper and mounted it onto brown paper. The paper is from Hollo's and is really cool it has a faux leather look to it. Wish you could see it IRL it is much nicer :) inside this is what the card looks like:

I am not to good with getting the picture of the inside so you can read the stamped saying but you can see how it folds out and the saying is behind the oval cut out. I added a Prima Flower, which I received from a friend; and then stamped and mounted with a Pop Dot one of the butterflies from the TAC Beautiful Butterfles T-741 set.

I really enjoyed making this card and in fact am going to use it as a shoe box project for a weekend get together with some new online friends! I can't wait!

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Colored Daisy


Made this card for a Floral Swap. The flower is the TAC Gerbera Daisy T-739
I used colored pencils with Odorless Mineral Spirits to color the petals and leaves in.
On a piece of orange Paper Place paper I stamped with my Palette Burnt Umber Ink Pad one of the swirl stamps from the Dots & Curves set which is one of the Dipsy Doodlin' Collection from inque boutique. I stamped a Friendship saying on it and also edged the paper with the same ink.

I then layered the paper together onto a yellow base that had also been edged with ink and declared it ready to go :)

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Famous Place Card


I had joined a swap for a famous place thinking I had the perfect Eiffel Tower image to use. I couldn't find that darn thing anywhere so I used this one of the Twin Towers.

I layered red, white and blue papers and used my Palette L'Amore Red Ink to edge the paper with. I also used a little bit of colored pencil for the water at the base of the image. Then I mounted it onto ...ummm what is it called? that sticky grid paper....grrr can't think of it now..anyway I stuck the image onto it but I added a glue dot to the back of each end of the image for a little extra holding power.

I then affixed the metal letters from Eyelet Outlet "USA" with bright red brads.

This was a quick card to put together but still whenever I see or hear about the Twin Towers I am sad.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

A Bright and Cheery Happy Birthday



Birthday's can be so fun sometimes! I hope that the recipient that got this card had a wonderful one!

I cut the circles using my Marvy clever lever punches both the scalloped and the plain. I edged them with my Palette Ink Charcoal pad
and popped the top one up using pop dots where I had stamped the Happy Birthday. The buttons are probably SU as I had received them in a Secret Swap from someone who is a rep for them. They were bright colors that pulled out the other colors in the TAC Fruti Fusion V-929 wingitcollection nicely. Although they are supposedly scrapbook paper pages I think they make wonderfully bright and cheery cards too! I simply edged the Fruti Fusion and white papers with the Charcoal Ink and then layered them onto the pink base.

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Look what scraps can make!


Look what I can do with my scraps! I keep trying to clean up my work area but then I find these neat colors that go so well together I stop to play for a minute and before you know it time has just flown by. These little leaves are great - I picked them up at Michaels some time ago and I use them often! I again had my Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves Pad out and used it to stamp them all over the white base card stock from the Paper Place. I then took the scraps of paper I found and layered them on the front. The orange piece had a notch out of it from my SU punch and I then stamped the "I love fall!" from my TAC Fall Blocks T-864 set and added a leftover oval frame piece from the TAC Summer Seminar I attended with my friend Anna. The fiber is just a scrap from my HUGE misc bag that sits next to my craft area. It is the perfect balance of colors to bring everything in the leaves out! This was a quick and fun card using the leftovers I found as I was "cleaning" my craft room! LOL

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Autumn Leaves



I made this using my new set from TAC called Forget Not TA-2650
I stamped it using my Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves Stamp Pad on white paper from the Paper Place in Wellington, OH. I layered it onto a base of brown card stock and added a scrap of ribbon from my stash to complete it. This was an easy card but the various colors from the Kaleidacolor pad really add some "zing" to it.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Back To School Card


This card was made for a Back to School swap. I used scraps of photo paper and stamped with my Palette Noir Ink the images and words. I used my Crayola white crayon to color in some of the circles and then scribbled on the word area. I then inked up my brayer and used my Palette L'Amore Red ink to brayer over them. I edged both of the pieces with the Palette Noir Ink before mounting them. I mounted them on black, white and then red card stock from Paper Place. The ribbon is a scrap from a past ribbon group buy and I added a red paper clip with a bit of Floss tied on the end. This was a fun card and I really was pleased with how it turned out.

Hope you all are having a great day!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Queen Kat Design Stamps



This is a quick card I made with some patterned paper and used Queen Kat Design Stamps for the curly cues! The butterflies were cutouts I picked up from my trip to KC this summer at the Recycle Center - A VERY INTERESTING PLACE to say the least!

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Isn't this the cutest thing...


This was a project that was demo'd at the TAC Seminar in June 2007. I thought it was such a clever idea and when I came home You place a picture in the top and the ribbon holds the clip together so the picture will not slide down. Makes a great gift for someone and fits nicely on a work desk, even tiny one :) Anyway... I had to play right away. Of course then things get put aside and you find yourself busy playing or learning something new"er". Well for a baby shower gift I gave a pair (yes it is twins!) of these to my niece and from there I kept playing and this is one of them. I think I will use it for a special someone's anniversary. I have tried it with various size ribbons and they are all different so play around, experiment - I bet you come up with something just as cute and useful too! Have fun!

Here is the set I gave to my niece...


ok off to work on some more of these for some gifts!

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Reverse Spotlight Rose















On one of my groups they were discussing spotlighting technique and someone mentioned Reverse Spotlighting. I thought it sounded intriguing so had to give it a go :) I masked over the rose that I had stamped multiple times with my Noir Palette Ink Pad on white cs and then brayered over it with my Paris Lights Palette Ink Pad (which you can get here.) I used my Cutterpede to add a little bit of a decorative edge and ran my Noir inkpad along it too give that finished look. Mounted it on black cs and then again onto a white card base.

Very easy but what a striking card it makes! I will be trying some other stamps out using this technique!

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Ship Collage


I made this card using my Ship Collage stamp from TAC . I stamped Ship Collage using my Palette Hybrid Ink in Noir Black multiple times onto white watercolor paper. I didn't ink it in between each stamping but rather stamped 2-3 times before re-inking the rubber. I then cut the watercolor paper to layer onto black cardstock from The Paper Place, Wellington, OH and then mounted onto a folded white card blank. To top it I stamped the Ship Collage in Versamark Ink and embossed with BMuse Very Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Mint Jelly Metallic. I mounted it on some of the black cardstock also and added some strips of ribbon I had found on my craft desk. This was a fun card and I am pleased with the outcome - it was for a Nautical swap.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Simple Birthday Card


This is a pretty simple birthday card I made earlier this month. I used my Marvy scalloped circle punch and edged it with my Reflection Blue Palette Ink Pad. Then I cut a pink circle to layer inside with my Paper Shapers circle punch and edged it with the Reflection Blue Palette Ink Pad and stamped the sentiment (Oh Yeah Stamp Set from TAC) in the center of the circle then layered it on the scalloped circle. The ribbon is a scrap I had laying around that I just wrapped around the flowered paper (which is actually the front of a store bought card someone sent me LOL) and knotted to the side of the layered circles. I then added it all to my base, paper from the Paper Place, Wellington, OH. Hope the recipient enjoys it!

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Beachy Rolodex

This is the Rolodex card I made for this month's theme of Fun In The Sun!

On the top half of the card I used a cotton ball and Blue Designer Chalks to make a sky. I then used my die cut to make a sun to add which I also used a cotton ball to apply a bit of Orange Designer Chalk to them for a little more "pop". I used pieces of pop dot to affix them to the cardstock. Then I tore a piece of wallpaper I found in the junk drawer (you know y'all have one of them too!) for a sand like appearance, added some seashell stickers I had and then used my Brother label maker to do the word "beach" and layer on. The quote from Calvin was added to the card using pop dots also. Not a hard one but I am pleased with how they turned out. I sure hope the others in this swap are enjoying my shares as much as I am enjoying theirs!

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Christmas In July



Well some are saying it is too hot out and already dreaming of Christmas - NOT ME THOUGH!
One of my groups is having a Non Traditional Color Christmas Card swap so I made this pink, black and white one. The stamp is a hostess set form the NEW TAC catalog which I absolutely have fallen in love with and will be using for more of my Christmas cards this year. I stamped him with the Palette Noir ink and then punched out with my scalloped oval. I colored using my watercolor crayons and my blender pen. Then mounted him atop the sheer pink ribbon on the card. The rest was simply layers with a bit of one torn to reveal the sentiment "Happy Holidays" at the bottom.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Does anyone read these posts?

If you are here let me know - feedback is always appreciated too - not just that's nice but if something struck you as really neat or if you think something just doesn't work let me know too - how else can I improve? :)

Monday, July 9, 2007

2nd Rolodex in the series


This is the second Rolodex card I made for our swap - the theme was Red, White & Blue. I had these great button type things to use up and I love my America the Beautiful stamp from Printworks. This was a fun one to do and I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with! This is going to be a nice gift once it is all put together. Now if I can only find a holder for them all!


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Another Castaway Card


This is another Castaway card I made. This one on blue paper and mounted on red with red flowers stamped on it too. Inside is the quote on the stamp pictured. I really liked how the castaway worked on this paper. I will be playing with it more in the future!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Castaway Pad

I asked on a list about using the Castaway Pad as I had not had good results with my previous tries. Well a vendor offered up some tips to try for getting results. So I gave it another whirl, and another and another! Finally I found this pink paper and it worked on here giving me a bit of an off white or cream color. Overnight it changed to more white (or my eyes were just seeing better in the morning lol) I have since finished this piece off for use as a mini folder and I am pleased with the results. I tried many scraps of paper last night to see what the Castaway Pad worked on and didn't and I can't find any method to the madness it just happened to work on this particular paper. I will try some other scraps when I get more playtime again as it is fun and I can see many possibilities for using it.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Floral Rolodex


My list is running a Rolodex swap and these are the cards I made for the Floral Theme last month. I love the tiny Prima's and when I got a new stamp set from innovativestampcreations it had the bold F on it so I thought the Prima complimented the top corner just right :) I went from there using the bright orange ribbon to jazz it up a bit! I can't wait to get this one back and find a holder to fit the cards so I can put them on display. I had started it as a gift idea but now I am thinking I can't part with it! We shall see....




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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Spotligting


I absolutely love the spotlighting technique! It is a great way to show off one particular stamp. For this one I choose SU Garden Collage © stamping it on some cream flecked paper I had twice and then using my Marvy square punch to punch out around the butterfly. I also punched a black square to mount that on and then trimmed my butterfly punched square just slightly to make a black border. I used both my watercolor crayons and also pastel chalks for coloring the butterfly square. I mounted it on top of the other flecked stamped image lining up the edges so it looked like it was part of the picture and then continued matting and layering with card stock from the Paper Place that I had on hand. I added a bit of ribbon that was laying around too :) I really liked how it turned out.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Altered Matchbox

This is a die cut matchbox from debbiesdiecuts (see link on the side) she has so amazing things to play with!

I stamped both inside and outside of it then
folded it up to create the box and the insert.

I used a bit of ribbon I had on hand to hold it together since I stuffed it so full of little goodies
LOL! I then added the colored "Popsicle" stick that is stamped on one end and says "Consider Yourself Hugged" I hope the person who is receiving it enjoys all the little goodies inside.

This was a fun and quick project to do!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Made this for another swap using some of my "new" toys :) I love pink & black combo's so since I had a bit of this fantastic black patterned ribbon left I started with it and added on the Cuttlebug punched piece of pink that I had stamped with my Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps - Elegant Flourishes from Rhonna Farrer. I also stamped that on the other pink piece and used for matting/layering. Then it is simply altering the black and pink to build up the layers. I of course wasn't satisfied with a plain oval layer under the Cuttlebug cut so I used my scalloped oval punch for it! Much better LOL! The stamp by the side says "wishing you a day filled with good things" it is stamped inside. The stamp is made by Hero Arts, I picked it up at my local lss when I had attended one of the stamp chats.

That's it for today....off to work now :(

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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Giveaway of the Day

Another useful little tool - especially if you are selling any of your craft items and also for the blogs :)
Giveaway of the Day

Monday, June 4, 2007

Another Sketch try


I made this card for a swap I am in that I had to use some ribbon. Although I ended up with a variety they were all based on the sketch challenge card I had seen on Saturday before I left town. Also what I based the card for the wedding on in the previous post :) I used my TAC scriptures set and some of my patterned paper from TAC also. The ribon was just a scrap I had on hand and it is actually white polka dotted on the other side but I thought it looked to busy LOL. I cut the scalloped square and edged it with my SU Stampin Spot Tempting Turquoise, it matched my cs perfectly! I layered the patterned paper on white cs and edged it too with the SU Spot.

I enjoyed making the cards for this swap!

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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Wedding Card


One of my SIL was getting married Saturday and I figured I needed to make a card for dh to give to her. I got some new papers from SweetWater the Cupid Collection that I used. Also had to play with my scalloped oval some more LOL. I had jumped online real fast in the AM to get some layout inspiration and found a delightful sketch challenge to use too! I punched an oval for the envelope too.

Hope she enjoyed the card as much as I enjoyed making it!

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