Saturday, December 31, 2011

Celestial Celebration

It's the last day of 2011.  Tonight all around the world there will be celebrating and ringing in the New Year - 2012.  This card is a celebration of the New Year - a Celestial Celebration!

Dragon Orb CH-696-H
Stardust Starry Corner CH-952-G
Star Shine VW-001-G

The background was made using Adirondack Alcohol Inks and Mixatives on glossy white cardstock.  The stars and corners were stamped with VersaMark and embossed with silver detail embossing powder.  Two of the Stardust Starry Corners were partially masked so they fit the card.  Stickles were added for a little extra starshine.  The Dragon Orb was stamped with Brilliance Lightning Black ink, clear heat embossed and colored with watercolor pencils and a silver glitter gel pen.  It was then cut out and covered with Glossy Accents by Ranger.  After drying, the orb was popped up in the center with Scotch dimensional foam tape. The main image and background were matted on a silver shimmer cardstock, then Stampin' Up Island Indigo cardstock.

Wishing everyone a safe and very hjappy New Year!  May all of your wishes and dreams for 2012 be fulfilled.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Polar Joy - Merry Christmas

It's almost Christmas Eve and Third Coast's Happy Polar Bear is waving to Santa and his team of reindeer as they fly off on their journey from the North Pole to deliver toys and presents to boys and girls all around the world.

Happy Polar Bear VB-236-C
Third Coast Rubber Stamps

  He's one of my favorite stamps. He looks so happy and I love the little heart shapes on his paws.

Other materials used:
Santa's sleigh and reindeer - Inkadinkado
Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers die - Vintage Cabinet Card
Sizzlits die- Phrase, Joy #3
Sizzlits die - Snowflake Die #2
Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Create-a-Flake Three
Tiny snow flake punch - Michael's Dollar Bin
Moxxie Design Paper - Joys of the Season - Through the Woods
K & Company Design Paper - Peppermint Twist - I Believe Flat Paper

"But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight, 'Happy Christmas to all and to all a good-night!' "


Friday, December 23, 2011

Snow Friends

I made this card as a thank you for a special little girl who was my Secret Santa this year. 

The images are just stamped with Memento Tuxedo black Ink and colored with Copic markers.
I drew in the rest of the tree trunk.  The popped up snowflake border at the bottom is a Tim Holtz die distressed with Stampin' Up and Distress Inks on.  The edges of the scene are also distressed.  The scene is matted on dark green and Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  Stickles were added for a bit of sparkle.
Stamps used on the card are from Inkdinkado, Penny Black and Stampin' Up's set Snow Much Fun"

We finally have a bit of snow here.  We might even have a white Christmas afterall.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ready for Santa

Dragon and Chris Mouse and all the little mice have had a busy day wrapping presents and decorating the castle for Christmas.   Now they are finshing up, hanging their stockings on the mantle and settling down for a "long winter's nap", while waiting for Santa to arrive.  They are sending Christmas Greetings and hoping you "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

Dragon and Chris Mouse - Christmas in the Castle

Dragon and Chris Mouse close-up

Sentiment close-up

Candles on mantle close-up

Third Coast Rubber Stamps used:
Merry Little Christmas WS-091-B
Christmas Dragon  KG-004-Q
Chris Mouse  VB-355-G
Curious Five  MY-053-C
Burning Logs ES-105-D
Stone Arch Door  CH-460-L
Peaked Window Frame  CH-607-J
Round Stone Window  CH-656-I
Castle Mouse Hole  CH-658-G
Sconce  AP-126-B
Wall Stones  CH-620-C
Candle  DT-355-A
Table Candle  CH-194-A
Pine Trio  ES-044-B

Other Stamps Used:
Stone Floor  - Beeswax Rubber Stamps
Santa Sleigh and Reindeer - TPC Studio
Fireplace - Stampinks Unlimited

Begin by stamping Dragon and Chris Mouse in Memento Tuxedo Black ink using a stamp positioner.  After coloring with Copic markers, cover the images with VersaMark ink using a VersaMarker and clear heat emboss.  Continue this process, stamping , coloring, heat embossing, building the scene from front to back.  Gold and white gel pens were used for highlighting and to make the stars in the night sky.

Before the fireplace was stamped, the stockings were stamped where the mantle would be placed using a stamp positioner and coloring only the stocking part of the Chris Mouse stamp with a waterbased black marker.  A circle colored with a gold gel pen was added at the top corner of each stocking to look like they are hanging from a nail.  The candles were added after the fireplace was finished, using a stamp positioner and just inking and stamping the top part of the candles, which are also colored with Copics and clear heat embossed. 

The sky in the windows was sponged using Stampin' Up Night of Navy and Not Quite Navy ink and a Post-It note to form the snow drifts and a punched 5/8" circle as a mask for the moon.   Santa's sleigh is stamped in Night of Navy.  The pine tree is stamped wth Memento Tuxedo black and colored with Copics. 

The sentiment, "Merry Little Christmas", was stamped on a Spellbinders Deckled Mega Rectagle die cut on white Neenah cardstock.  It was stamped by coloring the stamp with Stampin' Up red and green markers.  The edges of the die cut were sponged with red and green Distress Inks and the frame part was colored with a red marker.  The sentiment was then popped-up with dimensional foam tape above the mantle. The wreath on the door and evergreen decorations under the windows are Jolee's stickers.  The holly on the sentiment is a sticker from an unknown company.

Sending Holiday Greetings and wishing you "have yourself a merry little Christmas".

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Autumn Splendor Zentangle

We made zentangles at our last month's stamping club meeting and I am just getting around to posting this one, even though it is a bit out of season by now. We used Michelle Zindorf's posts on zentangles as inspiration.

Stampin' Up's Autumn Splendor leaf is stamped with SU Basic Black ink on SU White cardstock.  Then I drew a variety of doodles (zentangles) around the leaf with a black Copic Multiliner and colored them with SU markers.  Last, I matted it on SU Early Espresso and Dusty Durango cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great rest of the weekend.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sunny Sailing

I needed a quick birthday card for a man - not the easiest thing to do.  This one works for a man or woman and for more than just birthdays.

This card is a bit unique.  It was made with a kerosene lamp as a light source, because just as I got ready to make the card, a transformer blew at the electrical power station down the street from us.  Being Sunday, it was a while before someone arrived to repair it.  So my hubby got out one of our kerosene lamps and I worked by oil lamplight.  We've come so far with technology today, but no electricity sure takes us back to the basics in a hurry.   Actually it was kind of fun working with a different light source and adjusting the way I colored the card.  I just wouldn't want to do it everyday.

The card is made with just 2 stamps.  The sailboat scene is all one stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps and the sun is cut out from a stamp by Judikins. 

Using Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury 120 lb white cardstock, the sailboat scene and sun were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  They were then colored with Copic markers, except for the sky which was done with watercolor pencils to give a slightly different look from the water. 

The sailboat scene is matted on Stampin' Up's Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight cardstock.  Two lines are scored about a quarter of an inch apart across the top and down the left side of the card.  Then strips of Night of Navy were glued in between the scored lines.  The sun was cut out and trimmed on two sides, then popped up along the navy strips and over the water to add dimension to the scene.  As a finishing touch, Stickles were added to the sun, sails, and waves, as well as 3 dots on the strip of navy carstock on the side.

The scene reminds me of the sailboat races we had each Sunday in the summer on the small inland lake where I lived a long time ago in lower Michigan. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.