Monday, September 15, 2014

the beauty of autumn

Our weather has turned unseasonably cool here in NW Ohio. Not sure how long this cooler spell will last, but we are certainly enjoying this cool, crisp, and sunny weather! It definitely gets me in the mood to stamp for the fall holidays. Today my card features our silhouette leaf stamp. I used Pumpkin Pie and More Mustard inks to stamp the leaves on my white layer of CS.

After layering this piece on some pumpkin colored CS, I added some ribbon that was tied in knots first and then taped on the back to hold them in place. This goes perfectly with DRS Designs' challenge this week to use ribbons, but no bows. To finish it off the beauty of autumn greeting was stamped in black ink, die cut, sponged with some pumpkin pie ink and added to the front along with the little leaf button and some baker's twine.

You still have some time to join in this week's challenge "I'm all in Knots." You can see details here. I've also entered this card in the Anything goes Challenge at Loves to Scrap.


DRS Designs is the sponsor this week. So you have two chances to win some great stamps! Hope you can play along!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Cheerful Heart

I created this card for Our Daily Bread's Challenge to use stitching, real or faux on your cards. I did some faux stitching on the sentiment panel. This was a fairly quick and simple card to create. I started by die cutting all the flowers and gluing them together with glue dots. The white panel was embossed with a Darice basket weave folder. I really like the look of this embossing folder. The sentiment was stamped on white with black ink, die cut and then while still in the die I used a Memento Black marker to do the faux stitching. A flourish and some rhinestones complete the look.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

I'm all in Knots

This week's challenge at DRS Designs is to use ribbon on your card, but no bows. Here's what I came up with.

I started by using Gelatos (orange, green and yellow) on the leaf stamps, brushing with a water brush and then stamping onto the white panel. I really like this look! The sentiment was stamped on white CS and layered on black. The background was created using a 4 in 1 background stamp with VersaMark ink on the yellow and orange CS. These were layered on black too. Before attaching it to the white card base, I added the orange ribbon. I just tied a knot in the ribbon and then taped the ribbon ends on the back of the panel.

You can see details regarding the challenge here.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

If the shoe fits...

Hi everyone. Trust you had a wonderful weekend and found some time to get creative with your stamps. Today I have another Halloween card to share with you. It also goes along with DRS Designs' Hot Trends Challenge to use Sequins and gems on your card.

I started by stamping the two background panels with the argyle background in VersaMark ink on orange and purple CS. These were layered onto the black card base. Next I added the two punched spider web borders in black. The main image was stamped on white CS, colored with Copics, die cut and sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink all along the edges. The sentiment was stamped with black ink, die cut and sponged with VersaColor lavendar ink along the edges. The witch's hat was stamped, colored with Copics, fussy cut and attached above the sentiment with some pop dots. The orange sequins finish it off.

We'd love to see what you create using sequins or gems or both. You could be the winner of some great new stamps! You can see details here.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Halloween & Christmas

Happy Labor Day to those of you who live in the states. Today is a holiday here and both my husband and I have the day off. Instead of relaxing and having a cookout like most people do, we are attempting to remove wall paper from the master bath. Oh, how I hate wall paper!! We tried using the usual methods of removal, but to no avail! Today we are using steam. A friend guaranteed this would work. We shall see!

Before tackling the wall paper, I thought I'd share some cards. I created the first one using the new Raven image (125G). Isn't he rather spooky looking? He does give me an eerie feeling. I paired him with the Peculiar pumpkin patch and added the Happy Halloween arc greeting. Hope you like it.

I stamped the two main images in Memento Black ink on white CS, colored with Copics, then masked them to sponge in the sky, stamped the accent bats, stamped the easy grass background and sponged in the ground. This is layered on orange CS. The greeting was stamped in black ink on white and die cut with two oval dies, then attached to the main image panel with glue dots. Some green and orange gems were added to the upper corners.

This card goes right along with this week's challenge "It Gives Me the Creeps!" You can see details here. We'd love to have you join the fun!

My second card is for this week's Merry Monday Challenge "Gifts." I used my Cricut to cut out the various gifts and glued them together. The Merry Christmas Arc was stamped on the white panel with Memento Black ink before embossing it with a basket weave folder. Some ribbon, snowflakes and rhinestones complete the look.

You can see details of the Merry Monday Challenge here. It's a great way to get a head start on your Christmas cards.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Merry Monday Challenge

I have long admired the wreaths created with the Martha Stewart branch punch and every year I tell myself I need create a card with one of those wreaths. I've had that branch punch for years, but have never made a wreath. This week's challenge at Merry Monday is to have a wreath on your card, so that was the inspiration I needed. Here, finally is my wreath card!

I started by die cutting a ring using two circle nesties for the base of the wreath. Next I punched a boat load of branches out of three shades of green CS. I used the smallest glue dots in my stash and attached the branches until I liked the look and felt it was full enough. It didn't take as long as I thought it would. Some red half pearls were added for the berries. The background for the wreath was created by stamping the woven plaid in Real Red and Handsome Hunter inks then die cutting it with a square nestie and layering it on some dark green and real red CS. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Black ink on white CS before embossing the panel with a poinsettia EF. This was then layered on the same dark green CS and then attached to the real red card base.

I will definitely make some more of these wreaths. They are so easy to do! I also want to try a snowflake wreath!!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

It gives me the Creeps!!

This week's challenge at DRS Designs is "It gives me the Creeps!" DRS Designs is just about to release some fabulous new Halloween stamps so this is the perfect challenge to show some of them off. Be sure to check here to see all of the DT's creations.

Here's my card.

The cauldron was stamped first in Memento Black ink onto white CS and colored with Copics. Next the brand new spooky tree limbs (136F) were stamped with VersaColor black ink. The cauldron was masked for the last branch and all the sponging for the night sky. I used Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue and Not Quite Navy for the sky. Some Antique Linen and Memento Bamboo were sponged for the ground and the easy grass background was stamped in the Bamboo ink as well. The accent bats were stamped randomly in the sky. The little ghosts were stamped, outlined with light gray Copic, fussy cut and attached with pop dots. The sentiment is part of the larger Witches' Brew Greeting. I just colored the bottom line of the greeting with my Memento Black marker and stamped it under the cauldron. It does show up better in real life than in the photo. A black bow completes the look.

We'd love to have you join in this week's challenge. You could be the winner of some awesome new stamps!!

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