Friday, October 31, 2008
So what do you think of this one? This is an Outline Sticker painted with Twinkling H2Os using a paintbrush. I absolutely loved doing it. First you have to carefully remove the sticker from the sheet. This one was on entirely connected sticker so was very hard to remove. Once off the backing you carefully attach to paper knowing it does not move once it attached to the paper. I found it easiest to measure and draw a line to follow. I used pencil which I erased once the sticker was attached. I attached the sticker to black paper from The Paper Company.
Then I painted the open areas using H2Os. You have to take your time and paint without touching the gold but not leaving any black showing. I enjoy detailed painting so I was in my glory. I only wish I had more paints. I only have 18 colors but I plan on having more...Christmas is coming
I had to find some way to frame this since I knew it was not going out of my home. I used my faithful supplier of frames.....the $ store. I was looking for a panoramic style frame but no luck . I had to use the more expensive (Ha Ha) 8 x 9.5 frame. Once I removed the attractive flower design from the inside I cut a piece gold paper to fit inside and then used dimensional tape to attach the image.
So I am now recuperating from Parent Teacher Interviews. In the past I always said something positive about all my students because each child is someone`s baby...no matter how old that baby is. Today I was the parent and I like the teacher part better. One of my boys needs to `get it together`. Nough said about that cause I just calmed down.
Off to prepare for ghostly visitors. Happy Halloween.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
After I had it done I thought the top left corner was bare. I tried a snowflake but it looked tooooo large so I ended up doing my 3 dot doodle all around the edges. I also used Zig 2 Way Glue to attach Diamond Dust on the Santas and the snow. I love that stuff....such sparkle.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
For the main image I used a Magnolia image I received from Claudia of Pretty Pressings. She sent me a collection of images from Magnolias and I am loving them. To add glitter to the image I used a spica pen to add the red dots along the white scalloped trim. I also used spica pens in black to highlight the dots on the dress and the trim in her hands. I also used the gold spica pen on the trim. I used a combination a black, blue spica pens and white gel pen on the eyes. I really like how they turned out.
Monday, October 27, 2008
This picture is a combination of three separate stamps. The trees are from Lovely as a Tree from SU and the skaters are the middle of a stamp from the Stamp Barn. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to place all the stamps. The background is the Lovely as a Tree stamp twice and the foreground tree is stamped four times. I could not have created this scene with out a stamp positioner.
I colored the land, and lake with Twinkling H2Os. The sky is done using a sponge and ink. The mats are both colored with a bayer and SU ink. Such fun.
I love doing this type of picture because I am always so pleased with the $ store frame. That`s right. I used a shadow box frame that I spent a whole dollar on. I bought all that the store had and have made quite a few gifts using them.
Well time to go again and play housekeeper...just a little bit though.
PS My DH just came home and ordered 9 more of this framed stampart to give as presents to his colleagues. Guess what I`m doing tonight.
Now I ask you....why not use a Magnolia image instead of Sarah Kay! I love both brands but hey, I`m retired and I don`t have to remember everything1
You are not going to believe the state of our house. You will think we are right off our rockers but we have the living room almost totally decorated for the Christmas Open House. We certainly are early this year but DH is away in November and it needs to be completely done by Dec.1. Maybe tomorrow I`ll show a bit of the mess that will change into a fantastic Christmas Display....I hope.
Guess I have talked enough today. Talk Later
Saturday, October 25, 2008
These are the first three I made and I think I like the Merry Christmas tag the most. I used two different Martha Stewart edge punches to create the trim for the folded edges on top. This is actually the first one I made. This was the practice run and the ribbon around the top is easier to do than the punch trims used above but I like the look of the paper trims.I love these boxes. Go check out Mary Jo`s blog to see how to make them. Let her know Heather sent you there.http://technostamper.blogspot.com/2008/10/bread-box-mini-tutorial.html
Off to make some more boxes. Talk later.
Friday, October 24, 2008
There is also a $25 All that Scraps blog candy on this site. Go check it out.
So after looking through my stamps I choose one of my all time favorites, Lovely as a Tree SU. This is the most versatile stamp I have. It works for so many styles. Today I embossed it with Disco Embossing Powder and I love how it sparkles. I also added stars or should I say snowflakes from Snow Burst.
I followed the sketch to a tee and ended up with this plain section on the left. I got out my trusted Spica Pen and doodled and added Seasons Greetings. I then added dots and dashes around the image.
Well I`m still planning on changing the image but who knows.
Back again with the new improved version.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sorry folks, blogger was off here every time I tried to post so it is now 2 days late for this posting.
I did this card using Wed. sketch challenge on SCS. I made the panel on the far left using a Tim Holtz method. I swipe my weathered wood ink pad on a Teflon sheet and then misted it until small bubbles formed and then laid a piece of glossy paper on it, pressed it down and then lifted it up. I did this with three distress inks and created this panel. Lots of fun to do and not even messy. Just take a paper towel and swipe across and the mess is gone.
I love my Scor Pal and I used it to put lines along the edges. Just to add a little texture and design to the card. Very easy to do. After I had the base card cut I simply line the cut edge to one line and ran the pointer down a grid.
A friend arrived with 3 stamps for me and this is the pansy one. Cute little stamp. I masked and created this bunch with the single stamp. I colored using blender pen and SU inks.
Stamp: Inkadinkado Pansy
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Baja Blue, Kiwi Kiss and Pretty in Pink all SU, Weather Wood, Fired Red and Vintage Photo Distress Inks
Paper: Very Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss, Glossy
Accessories: Cuttlebug and Swirl folder, brads fr $store, Scor Pal for Edges
Well, off to finish the laundry but I will be posting again today.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I really like how this card turned out. The color choices were Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, and Chocolate Chip. I first thought the Choc. Chip would be too dark but found that using a blender pen allowed me to use just a small amount and keep the color lighter.
It is so cold and wet today. The dogs don`t even want out. The leaves are falling and it is a cold Fall Day....just right for staying inside and stamping.
Talk later the stamps are calling.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I did the try a new technique on SCS for this card. I colored the image using SU watercolor pencils and brush the colors with Pink Cloud H2O paint. I love how the H2O effects the watercolor pencil. It really is rather neat. You get the sparkle of H2O with the flow of watercolors. Great technique. Check out TLC191 on SCS challenges for Monday and you will get the directions. Give it a try. I think you will be pleased.
I am still not up to par so this will be a short post. I miss hearing from you all so please leave some comments. It is so great to know people are reading your blog. Just say hello and I`ll know someone besides me is checking out this blog. Thanks for all kindnesses. Off for a lay down again...sure wish I had never injured my back and leg. If only we could turn back time eh.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I used Snow Writer by Decor Art to create dimension on the fur of the hat and jacket trim. When heated it puffs out and really looks great. I used acrylic white paint on the beard and then versamark pen and stardust embossing powder for some glitter. I attached both Santa and the tag with foam tape.
I punched two holes at the top to add the ribbon and this attached the inside white sheet.
Stamp: Magnolias Santa and Edwin`s Valentines House, cute and curly SU
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Riding Hood Red
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Coloring Method: Twinkling H2Os
Accessories: Snow Writer, Stardust embossing powder, heat gun, ribbon, silent setter from Provo Craft.
Friday, October 17, 2008
The three on this image above, are 2 inch square stampboards. I used H2Os to paint them and this may look fantastic but it photos like #**#**.
The next group of magnets are 2.5 inch diameter circles, also on stampboard. All these are sections of Thomas Kincade stamps and again done in H2Os.
The final group are done on 2 inch square or 2 inch diameter circle stampboard. The rose image is from a stamp from Rubber Stampede.I have made more copies of each one of these. I made them for the school craft fair. I think that they would be affordable gifts for students to buy parents or as teacher gifts. If they don`t sell, guess what people will be getting attached to their gifts?
I love stamping and painting on stampboard. I bought mine at the Carousel Rubber Stamp store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in Canada. I have not seen them anywhere else. They are not expensive and wonderful to work with.
Well off to get lunch ready so talk
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This is one of my favorite stamps from Impression Obsession. I also used my cuttlebug and the corner die to create the corner decor. Here are the details.
Stamp: Poinsettia and Holly from IO
Paper: The Christmas with Glitter Stack from DCWV
Coloring Method: Twinkling H2Os
Accessories: Corner Tab die, cuttlebug, brads, spica pens
I used my nestibilities and they are all cards that open. Quick to make and fun to color. I used the H2Os on all of them just to add a little sparkle. I placed a little double sided tape on all of them though you could punch a hole and attach with ribbon. In our house we seem to always loose ribbon attached tags so we use the taped on ones.
We all slept in today so the morning get off to school/work was all completed in panic form. They have all left me in peace with just the trail of belongings to pick up....at my leisure of course. I have often wonder if any of my kids know how to read a clock. They depend on someone else to remind and nag at them to get up each morning. Oh well, the house is mine again so off to do my laundry and surf for a bit.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
It seems ages since I did scrapbooking and it was great fun. Five of us have decided to scrap at least once a month so it will be fun to start scraping again. I love scraping and I am partial to 12 x 12 sheets. They just seem to allow for so much. I have enjoyed many visits to my memories when I look at the scrapbooks. I can them my Heritage Keepers. I think they are a wonderful family keepsake for future generations. I can only wonder at how great it would have been to see into the lives of my ancestors. But, onto the present...
I used the most beautiful paisley paper from the Paper Company to build my page on. Instead of a lot of journalling on this page I used photos to introduce the `happening`.
This photo is of the princess when she was three. The remainder photos are of her fourth birthday gathering. I used the largest oval nestibility to cut out the photo and its matching scallop nestie was used to cut its frame. I used Twinkling H2Os to highlight the scallop and placed this on top of a dollie. I love dollies. They handle H2Os and inks beautifully. I distressed with Vintage photo and weathered wood and this causes the details of the dollie to really show up.
I found this wonderful sticker at the $ store. You can purchase some of the greatest accessories at the $ store. This was from a 12 x 12 sheet of stickers that all have glitter on them. Now who could ask for more. This photo appears out of focus but isn`t on the page. That is my DH with our niece and the princess, her daughter.
I used H2Os to color in this castle stamp. Our Grand Niece asked to have her Birthday Ball at our house because she thinks it looks like a castle. Now we do not live in anything at all like a castle but we do have a large house with an extra large living room that contains a lot of antiques so....her imaginations sees the home of a princess. It could also have to do with the fact that she gets treated like a princess when she is with us.
This is a very long post so if you need anymore details just email me for the info. Talk later.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Well time to go get cleaned up to vote.
Monday, October 13, 2008
I live in the Maritimes so we are used to snow. The most beautiful sight in winter is the look of snow covered trees and a field of freshly fallen snow. It sparkles as the sun hits it and Dazzling Diamonds are almost the perfect match.
As a kid I used to love those cards that has the sparkling dust on them and I still do. I used to think that someone really rich had sent the card. Now I simply use the correct glitter. I used Zig Two-Way glue to attach it and used the heat gun to make sure it stayed on. I enjoy using Zig Two-Way because it goes on blue so you know where you have placed it. It dries clear so there is no worries of it showing. Great stuff. I got mine at Michaels.
I used Prismacolored Pencils and OMS to color in the village image. I wanted to try softer almost pastel colors instead of the jewel tones of the twinkling H2Os from yesterday`s post. I stacked two ribbons as trim and used a $ store brad to balance the scene. I wrote the sentiment on with a black gel pen. The Let it Snow is actually a sticker from the Provo Craft Christmas slab from 2007.
Stamp: Village Scene from The Stampin Place
Paper: $ store package (great paper for trim, not cardstock weight but certainly affordable 4 for a dollar)
Accessories: Brad, Sticker, Ribbons (Michaels, Ribbon Boutique)
Coloring Method: Prismacolored Pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits
Everybody is home today since it is Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada. The weather is great so it Fall clean up work today. Talk tomorrow.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I used Twinkling H2Os on this card and in real view it really twinkles. The colors are all rich and have such great shimmers. The wonderful thing about these paints is that the amount of water used determines how rich or deep the color is. This allows you to actually create many different shades of each of these colors. It really makes it possible to create shade and depth in your coloring. Love these paints.
I used Christmas DP for the BG as well as Shimmer Silver for the trim.
Stamp: Christmas Village The Stampin Place
Paint: Twinkling H2Os, Acrylic White
Paper: Provo Christmas Slab, The Paper Company
Accessories: Jewel dots, Martha Stewart Lace Punch, Silver gel pen
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day all Canadians. I`m off to put the turkey in the oven. I made the stuffing yesterday as I need a whole extra pan since it is a family favorite. I think my dressing is popular because of the extras I put in it. If I don`t have raisin bread to crumble into it I add raisins. I also add chopped apricots and apples. I mash the potatoes add bread crumbs and Summer Savory and then pop in everything else...additions are never turned down...dried cranberries are fantastic in it as are walnuts. I press it into a 12 x 8 pan and drop some margarine on the top for crispness and bake until golden brown. It has never let me down so I highly recommend it.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The photo really doesn`t do justice to the card. I did the fireplace scene using Twinkling H2Os and they photo poorly. The pinkish color on the fireplace screen is actually gold in color and the walls and the back of the fireplace are a warm almond color. Lots of sparkle in real life but missing on the photo.
I love detailed stamps and this one surely is. This stamp is not for a fast card. It takes time to paint or color all the details but I love doing that so I had great fun.
We are having a beautiful Fall day. I just came in after taking the dogs out for a play in the yard. Our Yorkies love to run and jump through our trees. I really didn`t want to come in. It was warm and sunny. Fantastic weather.
Your not going to believe what my DH is doing....putting all our beautiful and plentiful decorations/trinkets to prepare for the next season`s decorating. Now you may think I mean Halloween but you would be wrong. I have a husband who love decorating for Christmas so guess what....today he is putting all our non-Christmas ornaments and keepsakes away until January. Weird family eh. We are a very fortunate family who collects all antiques plus angels and music boxes so you can imagine our collection. He uses those large Rubbermaid tubs to pack things in and the family room uses about 4 large bins. Our boys plan a huge sale when we are gone!
Well I am being paged by my DH to àssist`him so talk later.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I seem to be doing a lot of Christmas cards which is true but ... I send a lot and I have been asked to take a table at the High School Craft Fair so I need cards and all my other crafty things. Since the sale is in mid November I`m thinking Christmas cards would go over very big.
I have met such lovely people in blogville and I have a new friend. Shirley at http://cardartetc.blogspot.com/ has a wonderful blog. She explains wonderfully and has awesome work. Please run over and check out this fantastic blog. Tell her Heather sent you.
So back to this post. Well my DH is away again and the boys seem to be busy so at 11 pm last night I started this card. Normally I am off to bed at 10:30 so this was sleep time for me. I stated by embossing and wanted to try this silhouette stamp on some simmer paper. Then I had this great wrinkled paper and so the creation started. I think I`ll try to do all the stats at the end so it is easier to find. Here are the details
Stamp: CHR 051K from The Stamp Barn
Embossing Powder: Disco Black ( it has major sparkle effect in multi colors)
Paper: The Paper Company for the wrinkle and shimmer blue, Michael`s Value Pack for the garnet.
Ribbon: Spool O`Ribbon from Michaels
Jewells: no idea but I`m guessing Michaels. I have had them for ages. I glued them on with Crystal Effects from SU
Pens: Spica Red and Black
Talk later and Thank You so much for all the comments.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I used these cute little stamps from Michaels $bin and think it turned out rather cute. I used dimensionals to attach it to the swiss dotted panel that I had rubbed my Rose Red stamp pad across. I then attached a panel of Simmer Blue cardstock and then deep red.
I placed a grungeboard star painted with gold dust H2O and the seasons greetings sentiment. I used a embossing template from Lasting Impressions to create this painted sentiment. It was rather plain so I added some lines of stickles to finish off the sentiment.
As I said earlier, I used the SCS sketch for today. I really like the way it all comes from the right corner....just a little different. So, go over and check out the challenge at
http://www.chrissyd723.blogspot.com/ using paint.
Keep smiling folks. Talk later
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
http://cstoen.blogspot.com/2008/10/woj-super-candy.html. It is wonderful and so is the site. She has beautiful Whiff of Joy stamps and cards.
Get on over there.
I still had a bit of the blue paper left from the Cardinals so I made this card. I get such a kick out of this stamp from Sugar Nellie...Jingle Bells. I used only Twinkling H2Os on this image and I am pleased with how it turned out I also used my spica pens to do the silver and red berries and ribbon.
I used the cloud template from Valhita`s designs and I love it. The fluffy clouds look so great. I used the bashful blue SU pad for the clouds.
I used the glaze pen (pink) and then the white gel pen on the edges of the center image. I used the Pink pencil around the edges of the card to finish the top layer before adding the olive green base. It was different not to do a Christmas card.
Great day but still a little cool so I had the fireplace on for an hour. Pups are demanding to go out so talk later.
Monday, October 6, 2008
She also used a spica pens and the cuttlebug. First she colored the image on Whisper White paper using the pencils and highlighting with spica. She had a great time learning how to spread the colors using stumps and OMS. She used silver Paper Company paper and the cuttlebug Swirls folder to emboss the BG and then used a Metallic Pink to outline the whole thing.
I think she did a great job. The rest of the day she painted and colored but did not actually finish the cards. She decided she could do that at home but she wanted to use my stamps and pencils and paint to color with since she has none. We did have lots of fun and I got quite a few cards done. This is the first one I did using the Poinsetta and Holly Wreath stamp from Impression Obsession. I painted it using Twinkling H2Os and using my cutting system from CTMH to create the circles of red and green.
I put the medallion over red ribbon and put white Spool of Ribbon which is so affordable...under $1. I put dots of Red Stickles on the ribbon to give it more detail. The BG is the Swiss Dot folder fr Cuttlebug. I used the sm/lg oval punches to add the sentiment which I wrote using a blue gel pen.
On this second version of the same card I used a die cut from Cuttlebug to hold the sentiment. I like both versions but maybe the first one the most.
Next I worked on a new stamp from IO...the Cardinals. I love Cardinals and wanted to create a soft card. I stamped the image using Versafine Black Onxy and wrote the sentiment with a blue Gel pen. I actually made 3 of these cards...I have been asked to put some crafts in a sale at the school I used to teach at sooooooo multiple cards are the way to go.This is my favorite new stamp, Cardinals from Impression Obsession. I love the way this card turned out. I am so pleased with all its parts. I used H2Os to color the birds. My Sister used to have Cardinals in her back yard and I loved them. They look so fantastic against the leaves . We rarely get them in the Maritimes so they remain special to me. I did the branch with Prismacolred pencils since limbs to not have any sheen to them. I am so pleased with the BG. I used the cloud template from
http://valitasfreshfolds.blogspot.com/2008/10/up-in-clouds-stencling-tutorial-and.html This is the greatest template. The BG looks great. I used the template and bashful blue ink on whisper white paper. I added some ribbon and sentiment (sm/lrg oval punch) to finish the card.In this version I had to cut the bird image on an angle...poor stamping placement so I had to fill in the space using a snowflake from the Snowflake Spot stamp and crystal embossing powder. I like both versions. do you have a favorite?
This is a really long post so I`ll show the rest on a later post.
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