Saturday, November 27, 2010

Marvelous Nature

I have spent my Saturday night coloring and making cards. The husband wanted to go out to dinner and I sent him to pick up sandwiches instead. I was in the mood to just be in the craft room! I'm loving all the new stamps that have been released with images designed to be paired up with Spellbinder's Nesties. This frame stamp is from Layers of Color - Garden Wall Frame. I paired it up with the inside sentiment from Flourishes Life Lines set. I colored the image with my Copics, using Warm Greys to color the wall. I also used Tim Holtz's brick wall CB folder in the background. I used Spellbinder's Labels 14, to cut out the image. The yellow layer around it was hand cut. I used Ranger's White Enamel to add some detail dots on the yellow layer. I used a Martha border punch on the top and bottom, since it was pretty delicate after I punched it, and I have the panel popped up... I used a paintbrush and brushed on a coat of Glossy Accents to give it some shine and make it more sturdy. Finished card size is an A2.

  • Stamps: Layers of Color - Garden Wall Frame Cling Stamp, Flourishes Life Lines
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Grey, Yellow
  • Other: 1/16" Black Rainbow Tape, Tim Holtz Brick CB Folder, Copics, Ranger's White Enamel, Glossy Accents, Glitter Glue, Martha Stewart Border Punch, Spellbinder's Labels 14

Friday, November 26, 2010

Stamp Simply #167 - Black Friday

Nov. 26 -ssnotime167 - Black Friday — Sharon's challenge: Well, I guess that’s what they call today (Friday). Yes, here in the US it is the day after Thanksgiving when the Christmas shopping season steps into full gear and all retailers hope to get their books from the red into the black!  So taking our inspiration from that — today we will use Black in our creations.  Use black as one of your feature colors or merely as an accent, use a black ribbon or other embellishment — whatever works for you.  I love black accents on cards and can’t wait to see what you’ll create!
Play along and link your project on Sharon's blog, No Time to Stamp, using Mr. Linky. See what colorful projects the team cooked up this week....our Ring Leader - Sharon, Janine OrchardA J OttoDeb SaarenenDeb NeermanBarb Andersand Barb Schram. Joining us for the month of November we have the creative Claudia Rosa with us as a guest stamper! Be sure and check out her blog - Pretty Pressings.
I used one of the newest Flourishes sets - Vintage Postcard. This is super simple and would be easy to mass produce for Holiday cards. I used Kraft paper to stamp on and added a little soft brown airbrushing with Copic E55 around the edges. On the black layers I used glitter glue to add a fine line of sparkle and shimmer to perk it up and give it more of a Holiday feel. The outer black layer is Cuttlebugged, but it's not so easy to see the embossing in the picture. A simple black bow made with the Bow Easy, and a Tim Holtz button to top it off. 

  • Stamps- Vintage Postcard by Flourishes
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Black, Kraft
  • Other: Glitter Glue, Copic ABS, Bow Easy Tool, Tim Holtz Button

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Something different.....

For this week's Design Team Challenge call from Serendipity Stamps
we were sent a marble tile coaster to stamp on. Please visit .... Amy,  AnyaKathie and Lynda to see what they created for this  challenge!

This was the very first time I have ever stamped on a tile coaster.  I had my fingers crossed that I wasn't going to goof it up, cause I only had one! I was completely surprised at how easy and neat this was. I stamped the image (Maple with Quote #389G) in Staz On Jet Black and then I liberally cooked it with my heat gun to make sure the ink was set. I used a blender pen and chalks to apply the color, which went on super smooth and the colors blended together easily. The coaster was a dull white color originally, and I used a Copic to airbrush a little darker color on to it.  After applying the chalk and airbrushed color, I used a Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray to seal it. It has a subtle shine but is not overly glossy.  The coaster is pretty heavy so I attached the ribbon hanger on the back with red line tape, which seems to hold it just fine.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Ohhhhhh, I love this image! A friend brought it over one day and I had to ink it up ASAP. Sadly, it is an image from PSX and is now retired, but you can still find it sometimes on Ebay. I colored the flowers with Copics using R46 and R43 for the blooms. I cut the image out with a scalloped oval Nestie and added a red oval Nestie underneath it, just peeking out. The background was embossed with a CB folder and then I inked the raised portions with a baby brayer. I used white pigment ink and also heat embossed with white embossing powder as well. It finished off with the raised embossing portions looking kind of glazed.
  • Stamps: Tulips #K1695 by PSX
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, White Pigment Ink & White EP, Memento London Fog
  • Paper:Grey, Red, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Misc. RIbbon, Spellbinder's CLassic Ovals, Copics, CB FOlder, Baby 2" Brayer, Bow Easy Tool

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stamp Simply #166 - Well Preserved

Nov. 19 - ssnotime166 - Well Preserved! -- Sharon's words: Is anyone out there still canning, or freezing or drying your summer harvest?  Or is anyone preparing those previously preserved goodies for Thanksgiving or Christmas gifts?  Today is all about preserving our fruits of the harvest.  Take this food related theme wherever it brings you -- use food type stamps, papers or embellishments on a card, decorate a jar of canned goods, or even wrap and decorate a chocolate bar -- we're easy!  Let's just see some lovely fruits, veggies or any type of edible in today's creations!!! 

Play along and link your project on Sharon's blog, No Time to Stamp, using Mr. Linky. See what colorful projects the team cooked up this week....our Ring Leader - Sharon, Janine OrchardA J OttoDeb SaarenenDeb NeermanBarb Andersand Barb Schram. Joining us for the month of November we have the creative Claudia Rosa with us as a guest stamper! Be sure and check out her blog - Pretty Pressings.

Three cards --- all stamped simply and showing off FRUIT, as the challenge calls for! I created these cards about two weeks ago when I was on a Gamsol and Colored Pencils kick. I have never canned or preserved anything food related, I'm not crafty when it comes to the kitchen! All of these cards show off images from Flourishes Stamp sets - Berry Sweet, Strawberries and Cherries and Peaches. All stamped very simply and adorned with a simple bow. I thought these would make a great gift set of cards. 

IO Challenge - These are a few of my favorite things...

Today brings another challenge call from Impression Obsession. 
The theme is to create a card based on pulling an idea from the Favorite Things song from the Sound of Music:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things
When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

Hop around and see where the song took the Design Team with their designs: Daniela DobsonDeborah MarchDina KowalJeanne StreiffJulie KoerberKathy Menzies and Laura Fulcher. AND you can play along with team and be entered to win a gift certificate for your participation. Check out the rules on how to play and win on the Impression Obsession Blog.

I had the line "Brown paper packages tied up with strings" in my head while I created this card. I colored the image with Copics, with the exception of the brown packages which I stamped on Kraft colored card stock and paper pieced. I used two different background stamps - Crackle - which I lightly stamped on the torn red paper and over the red sentiment, as well as Newsprint stamped in red on Kraft paper. A couple of buttons and mini jute sting bows to complete the card, final size is an A2.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Webster's Pages....

I'm sharing a simple card today! I used a quote from Flourishes' Life Lines Stamp set and paired it with Webster's pages printed paper. I used a CB folder to add some embossing detail in the background. I glued the yellow DP and the Kraft card stock together and then embossed the papers together as one piece. A little jute string along the bottom with a small bow completes this easy card. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Outlines Design Team Call

No card right now... just some news. I'm heading up a new DT for Outlines Rubber Stamps and wanted to post the info here... Hoping to put a FUN and talented team together! I'll be back tonight with a card!

Outlines Rubber Stamps
Design Team Call

Looking for six Designers to serve a six month term starting January 1, 2011. Open to all designers who are at least 18 years of age.

Requirements we are looking for:
· You must maintain an active blog and online gallery on SCS.

· Create four to five cards a month using Outlines images, posting cards to your blog and online gallery with product links back to Outline’s online store. We will provide a listing of challenge ideas for the weekly posts…. themes, colors, sketches. Mondays will be the post day.

· One picture tutorial of a card or project with in the six month term to be featured on Outline’s website and Newsletter.

· Have a Yahoo account and be familiar with Yahoo Groups as that will serve as group communications.

· Good Quality Photo Skills - photos of your projects will need to be posted in Yahoo albums without a watermark to Outlines for use on their website, catalog or print ads.

· Hard copies of cards will need to mailed to Outlines.

· Promote Outlines on your blog with a blinkie and list your fellow DT members’s blogs.

Design Team Benefits:
· You will get to choose a welcome package of 20 stamps that you are inspired to work with. We will also be sending out stamps of our choosing for specific challenges and newly released images on a regular basis. After two months on the DT, you will get another round of 15 stamps of your choice. Occasionally we may send digi files or prestamped images for you to work with.

· Any additional tutorials (one is required) you would like to submit for use on the Outlines site will be welcomed and if used will earn additional free rubber.

· You will receive a 30% discount on any additional Outlines stamps you wish to purchase.

· Publication Incentive – Submitting to print publications is not a requirement but is encouraged. For any publication featuring Outlines images in a printed magazine, you will receive $50 of credit to be used for any Outlines products.

To apply for the Design Team:
Create three cards or paper projects showing us your style. We would prefer that you use Outlines images, but is it not a requirement.

Please e-mail your entry to: by November 26, 2010. Please put “OUTLINES DT" in the subject line of your e-mail. Please attach pictures of your cards to the email and reduce the size off the photos to 300kb or less. Each submission will be acknowledged via email to let you know that we have received your entry. The team will be announced and contacted by email or phone by December 1, 2010.

Please include the following information in your submission email:
* Your name, address, phone number and e-mail address.
* Your blog link.
* Your online gallery link(s).
* A list of design teams you are currently serving on (includes manufacturers/wholesalers, stores, challenge blogs, etc.).

Friday, November 12, 2010

Stamp Simply #165 - Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

Nov. 12 - ssnotime165 - Non-traditional Christmas Colors -- SHARON SAYS: I know I do this every year, but it's a personal favorite of mine!  Let's make Christmas cards or projects today in NON-traditional Christmas colors.  So that means NO typical red and green. Personal favorites of mine for Christmas are Bashful Blue, Amethyst, Celery, Pink or Rose. 

Play along and link your project on Sharon's blog, No Time to Stamp, using Mr. Linky. See what colorful projects the team cooked up this week....our Ring Leader - Sharon, Janine OrchardA J OttoDeb SaarenenDeb Neerman (out sick this week)Barb Andersand Barb Schram. Joining us for the month of November we have the creative Claudia Rosa with us as a guest stamper! Be sure and check out her blog - Pretty Pressings.
I actually was going with pink originally... but obviously changed course! I had an older Basic Grey 6X6 pad "Scarlet's Letter" Collection on my desk and I flipped through it and found this sketchy grey/polka dot paper. I cut it in three strips and added it in the background. It looks like I stamped the image on black paper, but it is really a dark charcoal metallic card stock. The image is also raised using foam tape. I stamped some holiday words along the bottom and added a little bow, tied of course using the Bow Easy Tool. Finished card size is an A2.

  • Stamps: All stamps by Impression Obsession - Winter/Christmas Borders Set #CL137, Winter House #H1745 
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black and Clear Detail EP, Versamark and White Detail EP
  • Paper: Basic Grey's Scarlet Letter 6x6 Collection, White, Metallic Charcoal Grey
  • Other: Misc. Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Birthday Geraniums

For this week's Design Team Challenge call from Serendipity Stamps
we were asked to create a card that fits a business size envelope. Please visit .... Amy,  Anya, Kathie and Lynda to see what they created for this  challenge!
I have not made a long and lean card in a good while and I love making them. The long size really makes for a striking card. I pulled out Copics to color this gorgeous geranium image and used: G29, G24, G20, R27 and R22. Geraniums happen to be one of the only flowers that seem to thrive on my porch, even when I forget to water them occasionally. My type of flowers! I used Spellbinder's Mega Ovals Nesties, a perfect fit for a longer card. To wrap the ribbon, I cut a slit in the crease of the card and it wraps on the inside as well, secured with a few pieces of Scor-Pal tape. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Stamp Simply #164 - TAGS!

Nov. 5 - ssnotime164 - Tags are Fun! -- Sharon's challenge call:  Tags are small canvases to decorate that we pass on with a gift or use to embellish a card or other project.  Today we are making tags -- could be Christmas tags or ANY tag you might need for any occasion -- whether it be a tag to hang on a bag handle or gift or an adornment for a card or other project, let's just have some fun today making tags!!!

Play along and link your project on Sharon's blog, No Time to Stamp, using Mr. Linky. See what colorful projects the team cooked up this week....our Ring Leader - Sharon, Janine OrchardA J OttoDeb SaarenenDeb NeermanBarb Andersand Barb Schram. Joining us for the month of November we have the creative Claudia Rosa with us as a guest stamper! Be sure and check out her blog - Pretty Pressings.

I fell in love with these berries from Flourishes' Berry Sweet stamp set. I have colored them up to be Blackberries for this tag. I found this mottled purplish paper in my stash and thought it was a good match. I did layer it on to some 110# card stock so the tag would be sturdy. Some yummy ribbon to top it off and a slim row of olive toned crystals along the bottom. 
I used Colored Pencils and Gamsol to color this image. I'm thinking the pencils and Gamsol may have to stay out on the desk next to the Copics. I'm really enjoying playing with them again!

IO Challenge - Family Traditions

Today brings another challenge from the Impression Obsession Design Team.... Today's theme is Family Traditions at Christmas, creating a card inspired by a Holiday Tradition....Check out all the challenge details on the Impression Obsession Blog and play along with us! Remember each challenge has a gift certificate up for grabs to a random participant.
See what crafty cards the team came up with for this challenge.... Daniela DobsonDeborah MarchDina KowalJulie KoerberKathy MenziesJeanne Streiff and Laura Fulcher.
Back to Copics! Everything is colored with Copics and I added a little Copic Airbrushing around the edges. I added a few little Gold Smooch accents on the green stocking and used the Smooch Moonlight White on the white portions of the candy cane. The writing in the background is a Cover a Card stamp "Script" stamped in Versafine's Crimson Red. I used a Cuttlebug folder on the lower red portion of the card. A Martha Punch along the edge, dressed up with a few jewels to finish it off!
I had to think about this challenge. We change it up each year when it comes to the Holiday Plans. But one thing we do have every year is stockings. My Step-Mother fills stockings for all of us. Filled with sweets, treats and all sorts of good presents. Everything in the stocking is wrapped individually! And we each have our own personalized stockings that she made for us. I fill her stocking, so I had it on hand to take a pic. Every family member has a different design embroidered on the stocking as well as their name. Making this card I remembered when my hubby got his very own personalized one. We dated for five years before we tied the knot and every year he got a generic white and red stocking.... and every year he asked me if I thought he might get a "real" stocking that year.... Nope! No "real" stocking until after we got married!