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!


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!


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!!!!


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!


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!


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas!

Karyn :)

Friday, December 7, 2007


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!


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!


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.


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! :)


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!