Tuesday, March 10, 2015

ABC Christmas Challenge E

The Christmas challenge for this week is E for Edging.  I’m using this beautiful Memory Box die.  It’s the prettiest thing ever. Also using Simon ‘Says Falling Snow plastic stencil.   Entering into the ABC Christmas Challenge.  I am a bit behind and want to make up the other weeks soon.
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ah such fun B is for Bow

This image was water colored while I was in NC and practicing with my InkTense pencils.  Man, everyone is sick these days.  I think I need to make ten get well cards.  Anyway, I was inspired by friend Angie with her offset image and so of course I copied CASED her.  Angie is the best at using designer papers and I am trying to learn from her.  plus I have a whole store front of DP that needs using up so I best start putting in on those cards I’m making.  One of a kind card as I borrowed this image from friend JoAnn while in NC.
did you ever try to stamp in someone else’s stamp room?  not nearly as productive, trust me.  you don’t know what they have, you don’t know where it is, you have to keep asking, then you misplace it…… yeah, not as much fun.  Fun, yes, but not as much.  I am entering this into Simon's Monday B is for ...Challenge.   B is for Bow and Brad and Bright
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SNSS Stamps 458 and 459

I’ve been out of commission for a bit. Have hardly had time to play with my InkTense pencils.  Today, this card goes into the mail for a friend.  She said she has the worst stomach bug she’s ever had.  Hopefully she will be well over it by the time she receives this card.  It has to go half way across the country.  But it was the perfect card to jump back into the card making.  I am in the process of moving my stamping room and it was a challenge to find where everything was and just the pattern and flow of using things was very strange.  Took waaaaaay to long to make this card but I like the end results.   Using MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge as a jumping off point.  Also entering into Simon's Monday B challenge.  BUG it is
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

What fun tags

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Aren’t these tags just the cutest.  I distressed this one up a bit with some wild honey ranger ink.  The doily die is from Whimsy and the flowers where some I pulled out of a pack and put together.  The die cut leaves are SNSS.  I added some wild honey with a wide brush and water to the under flower.  So fun to be stamping spring.  I am so sick of winter.  six to ten inches of snow predicated for Monday.  I think they are lying.   Devil

I am entering this into Simon’s Work It Wednesday challenge to think spring.

Hawaiian Anniversary

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I had a request for a 20th wedding anniversary card.  The wedding took place in Hawaii.  The card was supposed to be more serious in nature and not a funny one.  I don’t have any serious Hawaiian like stamps and had to really put a thinking cap to this one.  I had these sea shell cut outs that I love and that is my last strip of them.  In each photo of the shells there is a knot.  I let that signify “tying the knot” for the anniversary couple..  tThose gorgeous trees are stickers.  They were way to intense to stand alone on the card.   I embossed some Hawaiian butterflies onto one edge of some vellum (for you Princess Judy~getting’ the trend out there)  Does anyone know how to keep the vellum from warping and staying that way when you heat emboss?  After embossing the sentiment I could not get that piece to settle down.  I did, however get the effect I was after, to soften the trees.  A strip of washi seemed to have a natural place here.   Entering into Simons No Rules Monday.

My first Magnolia creation

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while in NC, JoAnn had stamped me a few Magnolia images.  I brought this one home and then had an order for a nurse’s birthday card.  I thought it would be perfect for her.

Entering this into Simon’s Anything Goes Wednesday

Making Thank You’s

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I received an order for several Thank You cards.  It was so fun to create each one differently. I used the inlaid technique for the die here from MFT.

This will be entered into Simon’s No Rules Monday challenge.

Spring Things

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This sweet little rabbit tag was given to me by my friend in NC.  She printed off several from her computer and we did a work shop with them while there and then she gave me the rest.  they are so adorable.

I used the Simon curved sentiments banner and the little gold heart is from the mini hearts Simon die.  It’s mirror gold and really shiny. 

The little doily die strip is SNSS.

I am entering this into The Simon Says Work It Wednesday Challenge.

had a couple of fun stamping days

I’m having so much fun playing with different techniques lately. I am so far behind in posting that these posts are going to be very short.  Smile  The same paper napkin, one with glitter, one without.  Entering into Simon Says No Rules Monday.  The little tags are from MFT Blue Prints sets and of course the Simon Double Stitched frame die on the bottom card.

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Stamp #457

Tim Holtz image and MFT dies.  This made the cutest card ever.  I went through and stamped and colored all the bird images with my Inktense pencils.  I had no idea what I was going to make them into but I love what has transpired.  Isn’t he adorable.  Sentiment and heart are old SU rub ons.  I am entering this into Simon Says Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

STamps# 454–455-456

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Having SUCH fun with these Tim Holtz images.  They make me laugh just to work with them.











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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Things from friends #452 & 453


IMG_7585 (800x600)Fun things from friends.  It was fun to receive this package of goodies in the mail.  I love stamping friends.  When we are done with a technique or we find we are not using some supplies we pass them on to others.  I was so excited to get all these stencils.  I had to use that ivy one because it just looked so cute.

I grabbed my paste and went to work.  Then I liked how it looked and it reminded me of this very old Stampin’ Up set with the grapes and leaves. 

I used my new Walnut Stain glossy pearl pen to make the embellishments.

Oh my goodness, that reminds me.  I HAVE to tell you about Betty’s Creative Studio.  I was in NC with my stamping friend and she said we MUST go to Betty’s while you are here.  I have never seen a store so packed full of stamping goodies.  Go to her site and scroll down to click on Last Chance items and you can purchase Tim Holtz stencils for $2.75.  Betty’s prices are the best of any stamping site around.  You will want to check out all the goodies in her on-line store.  But if you EVER get to Greensboro, NC you must stop in and meet Betty.  They have an entire back room dedicated to pre-owned stamping items and they are CHEAP.  You see all those stencils above?  Those came from a friend but Betty would have things like that packaged all together and sell them for $2.00.  I got the most beautiful water color sets from Germany and Italy along with some spray mist bottles and palettes for mixing paints all for $4.00.  what a deal.  I got a TON of other things too and you’ll just see me filtering things in over the weeks.  Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate you.  I enjoyed my trip but it’s fun to be stamping back in my own stamping room where I know what I have and where everything is.  Open-mouthed smile 

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Happy Birthday to Gilbert

Gilbert loved his card. He said the popped up frame looks like real leather and had to feel it to be sure. He thought maybe he should smell it to be sure.  ha ha.
This card  is similar to one I made before with this image. You can find the first card,  HERE,  if you care to compare them.  Even though last time I gave credit as Susan Louise image several commented how perfect my coloring was.  I want to make sure you know that these images come pre-colored.  All I do to the image is use Ranger distress inks and sponge around the images and add my sentiments. You can build a card quickly with these.  You really will enjoy seeing all her images.  Even the moon comes from Susan Louise.  Everything is printed on Ranger Specialty paper and when you sponge around with color you can also do the water drop technique to remove color.  You can see that on this card.  I will enter this into Simon's Bright Cards challenge.  I used my favorite Simon's Double Stitched dies.
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Sentiment is from CTMH

Friday, February 6, 2015

non traditional #451 Stampendous

To help Princess Judy bring back vellum, I chose to use a full card size sheet of printed vellum for this creation.  I have been seeing a few of these vellum pieces with the die cutting into the vellum and then letting a piece of patterned paper show throw the peek a boo holes.  Thought I would try it with this one.  It wasn’t what I had in mind when I started out as I thought I had a pink piece of vellum like this.  But in the spirit of using up what I have I went with this design.  The only thought process I had when starting this was using this heart die and using pink vellum.  Oh well, you can see where this ended up.  So I was very pleased with little Mr. Hedgie holding onto that sparkling heart bling and to bring a bit of life to the overall image I  colored all the other blings with a copic marker.  NOW, I like it.   --Mr. Hedgie had a surgery as he was holding on to a basket of flowers  with his left  hand and also had a butterfly friend he was trying to entice with that hand that now holds the pretty heart of bling.  IMG_7548 (660x800) --gamsol colored with koh-i-noor pencils

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Stamp #450 Stampendous

Today I tried playing with some koh-i-noor colored pencils and gamsol.  I am trying to decide if I should make an InkTense purchase.  This technique that I have tried before with the gamsol has a very nice look but each time I seem to not enjoy the blending part so much.  I think I would rather blend with copics.  but then to get ALL the copics…GASP…it is cost prohibitive.  I have my Staedler water color pencils but that always seems to leave a pencil line on the edges which I don’t like.  I think I have played around with enough color to know that blending is a favorite past time for me but just not with the gamsol.  
I needed a baby girl card.  Stampendous to the rescue.  This image is the cutest.   This will be entered into Simon’s Wednesday Bright Colors Challenge  I used that nice bright blue and then bright pink ribbon I laced through the eyelet border die from SNSS. Hero Arts CL342 Sentiment stamp.
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