Tuesday, January 31, 2012


icy fisherman

Isn’t he a cutie?  Our wonderful friends gave us some of their ice fishing catch again to share with my brother and his wife who will be visiting us from North Carolina for a couple of days.  They never get to eat fish this cold!  Smile  Keeping the oval in place after die cutting the snow man out, I sponged with Encore blue Metallic ink.  Removed the die and then clear heat embossed.  It gives the nice icy lake effect. I used a couple of copics to snazz up the snow man a bit and then found this blue and green printed vellum in my stash.  It’s perfect for this as it looks a bit like snow coming down.  Thanks again friends for the wonderful catch!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentine’s Day is coming

Here’s a couple of cards in the spirit of the day that symbolizes love for people in many countries. Both of these were for Outlawz challenges this past week.


The black and white one was done for the sketch challenge.  I had these Martha Stewart petal shaped inks and decided to make two-tone hearts for a background with them.  Just align and press.  Voila’ a heart!  For texture I cut sponge squares and ran them through the cuttlebug, then colored in the one heart.  Add a ribbon, and you have an interesting composition.

The pink one is made with no stamps at all.  Using some scrap background papers, I taped them together and then adhered to the card.  The focal image is from an old calendar.  You know those tiny images they show on the backs of calendars so you can see the month by month photos.  Perfect for a valentine card.  Added a bow with my ever handy bow easy.  (it makes the prettiest style of bow) and the rest is all stickers. 

Thanks for looking.  Let me know if you post any of your creations to your blog.  Always open for ideas.

Monday, January 23, 2012

CAS Valentines

Jinny gave me a bunch of stickers and supplies last summer and I had kind of sorted them out to be easier to use.  I remembered she gave me this Valentine stickers when I saw the CAS Challenge for Saturday over at Outlawz.  It falls under the Paper a la Mode and my friend Karen Knetgen is the host this week.  Hey pardner, rustle on over and join us.


Very simple.  I used an image off a calendar back.  You know those little images they show you so you know what the month by month pictures are.  Then a quick snip with scalloped scissors on the back ground paper. I popped up the image added stickers and a bow.  EASY PEASY CAS card.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

We have a Wedding Coming up

resized wedding sketch

Oh the joy of seeing young love.  We have a wedding coming up with these colors and when I saw the Wed. Sketch for last week at Outlawz this just popped into my head.

Punched squares with Creative Memories punches which I love. Then I took my Fiskars scalloped punch and just rounded the top corners for a cake like effect.  Using the bow easy to make a triple organza bow with Stampin”Up ribbon and adding a tag with sentiment from Door County Rubber Stamps.  Decorated the cake layers with a SU stamp, colored in with SU markers and glitzed up a bit with a Sakura crystal pen.  Also added a bit of crystal effects glaze to the leaves. Easiest cake I ever made. Smile 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday’s NOTHING challenge with Outlawz

Tole Snowman

Here are the rules as stated. 

Happy Nothing Day!

To Honor National Nothing Day, Our Theme This Week Is

Nothing But Your Sentiment and One Embellishment!

I know, I Know, it sounds very minimalistic but I can assure your there is NOTHING to it.

You can use layers.  This does not have to be a flat card; but remember, the edges of your layers cannot be decorative...so put away the Martha Stewarts and the Fiskars!  Embossing Folders are okay!

I found this little DOTS stamp in my stash.  I love doing the Tole look with these “chunky” type stamps.  Stamp image on cardstock first and do basic coloring. Then stamp another of the same image on a scrap piece and color in the parts you are going to pop up.  Cut out the individual parts .  Turn the pieces over and using a stylus go around the edges kind of bending the edges up towards you.  This gives it the puffy 3-D look.  Now place the individual pieces over the image on the card with dimmensionals. On this card I popped up all of him.  I used thicker dimensionals (stampin up) on the hat and mittens and then used not so thick dimensionals on this face.  Isn’t he just adorable looking?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Designing for Door County Rubber Stamps

It’s been great fun seeing what creativity lies within with a limited spectrum of papers and stamps.  Kind of like the Iron Chef of the stamping world.  I challenged myself to mostly use the papers that came from Oscar’s stores as I did these projects.  We have the freedom to use from our own stash but I wanted people who visit the store to be able to take home the entire package of things they need if they like the project they see by the displays.  And here are a few of the creations.
oscar's 2nd batch
I really like this Spellbinders Die.  Well I like all of them.  And I wonder how did I ever get along without Pearl Pens. They come in a variety of colors and I think a collection of them would be very nice to have. oscar's 2nd batch (13)
This bear was so much fun.  I really liked the way the bear paw fit in with this.  This would make a good masculine Thank you or Birthday card. I used a square punch, embossed the footprints and popped them up. oscar's 2nd batch (12)
This little dragonfly stamp had such a light feel to it.  Just that feeling of flight.  Thus, the trail that leads from one to the other. Tore the edges for a more outdoor spacious feel.
oscar's 2nd batch (7)

One thing I like is to show different ways to use the same stamp.  See how different a look you get when cut out and used as an accent rather than a focal point?  The background paper was perfect for this application. The flowers are stamped onto the back ground paper and lightly embossed.
And one more. oscar's 2nd batch (6) This one was done with a Dream Weaver stencil for the large butterfly. I ran it through the cuttlebug and with stencil still in place I sponged to get a soft dreamy look.  Then I stamped the little butterfly all over the back ground paper.  I really liked how this turned out.  I do like my brass stencils and need to dig them out more often.  Thanks for looking.  Your comments are like hugs to me and I appreciate them.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Here's a fun place to hang out.  Thanks to Karen K for giving me a heads up on the Outlawz blog.  Mosey on over pardner and check out their great give aways for challenges.  The Monday's Greeting Card challenge was to use a book or a card inspired by a book.  My brain has been on overload and the first book that came to mind was Snow White.  I always loved fairy tale books as a little girl and since inspiration is open to lots of interpretation I came up with this card. Doesn't this little guy look like one of the dwarfs and i did get Snow and White in there. :)