Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tag You're It! 100 Proof Press Contest

!00 Proof Press is having a month long contest this December:  Tag You're It!  All you have to do is make a tag of any size, shape or color and share it on their Facebook page.  You just have to include a 100 Proof Press stamp.  You can make as tags many as you want.  It's a chance to win a 100 Proof Press $20 prize pack.  The winner will be announced in their January Newsletter.

Below is my tag I entered in their contest.

Stamps used are all 100 Proof Press:
  • Mountain Climbers #5313
  • Mountain Range #3383
  • Delicate Stars #4984
  • Silhouette Star Cluster #4775 (just stamped one of the stars in the cluster)
The scene was created by stamping from front to back, masking with Judikins Eclipse Tape as I built the scene.  I used a Stamp-a-ma-Jig for positioning the mountains and stars.  Inks used were Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Weathered Wood, Chipped Sapphire and Stormy Sky. Using a sponge, I dabbed the sky lightly with ink on a sponge after stamping.  Next I filled in the snowy areas and highlighted the stars with white gel pen.  I sponged around the edges with all three blues.  Gold, silver and Clear Star Gelly Roll pens added a bit of sparkle and glitz to the stars in the sky for a final touch to the scene. Tying some ribbons from my "odds and ends" box to the tag finished the project.

Have a great week and thanks for taking the time to stop by. All of your kind comments are really appreciated. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Snow Pals

We've had our first snow that stayed on the ground over the past few days.  The temperature has dropped into the twenties with highs in the thirties during the day.  It's feeling a lot more like winter here in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on this last day of November 2012.

I was cleaning out some stacks on my worktable and came across this wintery scenic card I made last winter while designing for Third Coast Rubber Stamps.  It was featured in Third Coast's ad placed in last spring's issue of Rubber Stamp Madness magazine. I never got around to posting it online last winter.  With the wintery days we've had lately, I decided this would be a good time to share this card. 

Third Coast Stamps used:
Snow Pals VB-072-I
Large Birch Trunks CM-055-P
Contemplating Polar Bear CO-072-H
Curious Polar Bear CO-071-I
Sitting Polar Bear CO-073-J
Pine Trio ES-044-B

  • Stamp Snow Pals girl on Copic X-Press It white 5" x 7" cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, color with Copics, colorvwith VersaMark marker and clear heat emboss.
  • Stamp Pine Trio twice usng the same steps listed above, then Birch Trunks and finally Curious Polar Bear.
  • Tear along the sticky edge of a Post-It Note to look like snow drifts and place along the horizon about 1/3 of the way down from the top covering the snow area (bottom of card).
  • Brayer Stampin' Up Baja Breeze ink across the sky to the horizon line. Repeat with Marina Mist but don't go quite as far down to the horizon.
  • Brayer Pacific Point ink across the very top of the sky and sponge lightly along the horizon line.
  • Move Post-It Note around in snow area and sponge more snow drifts with Baja Breeze ink several times.
  • Mat slightly off center to allow room for the other two polar bears with Stampin' Up Night of Navy cardstock 7 1/2" x 5 1/2".
  • Stamp Sitting and Contemplating Polar Bears on Copic X-Press It with Memento Tuxedo Black, color with Copics and cut out.  Pop up onto main scene overlapping onto the Night of Navy mat.
  • Add some Our Craft Lounge Sparkly Fluff (color - Sugar) to the fur on the girl's jacket, hood and boot tops.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a super weekend.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Perfectly Penned Fall Foliage Happy Birthday

A November birthday card for a special friend. 

Supplies used:
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Perfectly Penned - sentiment; Inkadinkado Foliage Trails acrylic clear stamp set; Inkadinkado dollar set Fall Flourish
  • Spellbinders: Nestabilities Labels Twenty-One die set - largest die
  • Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Countess - used once across top and once across bottom of card
  • Punch: Stampin' Up ticket corner punch
  • Inks: Versafine Onyx Black; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress - Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade
  • Copic Markers
  • Stickles: Star Dust, Yellow, Orange
  • scrap orange and red-orange card stock, Copic X-press It white card stock
  • scrap orange ribbon, sponges, dimensional foam tape
Have a great weekend.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Homage to Autumn Beauty

This card is one of the ones I made at our monthly stamping club meeting this last Saturday. 

We were playing around with the direct-to paper-technique, trying a few different ideas and this is how my card ended up.  Actually, by the time I finished, not much of the direct-to-paper inking showed anymore.

Using the direct-to-paper technique, for me, is kind of like taking that first step into cold water.  I have to talk myself into making the first swipe of ink across the paper.  The key is not to overdo the amount of ink applied - to know when to stop.  Also working from lighter to darker colors, rather than the other way around is the best approach.

I wound up sponging the land and sun using punched and torn Post-It Note masks.  The tree is from the gorgeous "Lovely As a Tree" Stampin' Up! set.  The script down the side is from the SU set "French Foliage".  All inks used are Stampin' Up!. The tree is stamped in Early Espresso and watercolored using SU marker ink applied to a plastic palette and painted on with a watercolor brush. For a finishing touch, I sponged around the edges with Always Artichoke and Early Espresso inks.  It gives a definition between the main image and the Old Olive mat.

The sentiment is from Stampin" Up!'s "Nature Silhouettes" stamp set.  Perfect for this card.
Have a fabulous week.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Perfectly Penned Japanese Lantern Fall Birthday

A fall birthday card that features a new polymer stamp I recently purchased from Lavinia Stamps in Great Britain.  Japanese Lanterns are a fall favorite of mine.  This stamp captures their delicate beauty perfectly. 

The red-orange lanterns stand out as the focal point with the blue-violets and golden-yellows used for the background.  Violets, oranges and pale yellow-oranges are a wonderful fall color combination.

Versafine Onyx Black Ink was used to stamp all of the images.  The embossing folder, Art Deco by Cuttlebug - one of a set of four folders, was embossed twice for the card.  First they were both sponged with a variety of Stampin' Up and Tim Holtz Distress blue, violet and pale-yellow inks.  Then Stampin" Up markers were used to color the grooves in the folders, which helped to give them a bit of a metallic look..  One folder was popped-up and used to frame the main image after the center was cut out. For the second one - a center strip from top to bottom was cut out and popped-up as a background for the Delicate Vine Memory Box Die on the side.  The two pieces that were left from the folder were overlapped, glued together and popped-up as a background for the sentiment.

Stamps used:
Stampin' Up: Inspired by Nature - grass; Perfectly Penned - Happy Birthday sentiment
Lavinia Stamps - Japanese Lantern

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Never Ending Thanksgiving Card

This card was made a couple of years ago for my husband's great nephew while on a trip over Thanksgiving visiting some of his family in the South East.  He is a little boy who loves being in the woods and is infatuated  with wild animals, especially deer.  Thus all of the deer and elk on the card. 

While cleaning out some picture files on the computer today I rediscovered the card.  I never got around to posting it, but since Thanksgiving is just around the corner now would be a good time to share it.

It's called a never ending card because you just keep opening it till you come back to the beginning.  A fun card, especially for a child, that's actually fairly simple to make.  Here's a link to a video tutorial by Dawn on how to make one.

I had a limited selection of card making supplies with me on the trip so it's a pretty basic card.  Very Vanilla Stampin Up cardstock was used along with SU waterbase markers and a white gel pen.  Unfortunately I don't remember the names of the stamps used from that long ago.

Front of card.

Second page.

Third page.

Back of card.

When you open it one more time you come back to the beginning again. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great to start a new week.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ghosts in the Graveyard

A fun Halloween card made using only die cut and punched images.  I've been wanting to try making a card with no stamping, just die cuts and/or punched images.  This was a fun challenge, but a bit more time consuming than I thought it would be.  The hardest part was planning the layout and glueing the layers.  (The spelling of gluing doesn't look right to me, nor does glueing.  So, I looked them up and both are correct - same for the word aging or ageing.)  Even retired teachers learn new things every day.

I did wind up using a Cuttlebug 5" x 7" embossing folder, "Madison", behind the main image panel.  I tried about 20 different colors behind the main panel before I found one that would work.  The color needed to make the main image pop as a focal point, but not be overwhelming.  The one I decided on was from a scrap that I had left over and have no idea what company or color name it is. 

Memory Box and Poppy Stamps Dies used:
Walking Cat
Orchard Tree Frame (I don't have the Debutante Frame that backs this die cut, so I traced this one and deliberately cut it just a hair larger for a black border.)
Ghost Trio (just used the smallest ghost 3 times)
Graveyard Landscape ( cut apart into two sections)

Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch - Creepy Fence
Paper Shapers old bat punch (Meaning an old punch that is a bat. ;)

Thanks for stopping by. 
Last night and today we've had some major wind and rain even here in Michigan's Upper Peninsula as Sandy moves inland.  Snow just south of us in the snowbelt area and power outages in parts of Michigan, but no where near as bad as all of the terrible devastation created in the main path of the storm on the East Coast. 
Take care.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Owloween

Hoooooo... Tooooo... Yoooou... and a Happy Owloween!!
I made these two fun cards at a stamping and scrapping three day weekend I just attended. 

Above is the first version I made using Spellbinders Octagon Nestabilities for a shaped card with Penny Black's "Moonlight Owls" stamp.

Below is the second version.  I originally stamped the owl a little to close to the edge and cut off his one ears.  So I stamped him again on a separate piece of cardstock, colored him, cut him out and glued him over top of the original image with his ear going beyond the border.  It adds a bit of variety and dimension.  Thank you to a good stamping friend for her idea.  Because of the slightly different position of the owls from the first card, I moved the sentiment to more in the center and stamped the top of the fence a little differently for this version.

The spooky fence and  fun sentiment are both from Outlines Rubber Stamps.  Unfortunately they went out of business a short time ago, which is too bad, because they had some really great stamps.  I fell in love with the cute owl stamp, "Moonlight Owls" by Penny Black  as soon as they released it with their new Halloween stamps this fall. 

The images were colored with Copics after stamping with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  The background was sponged with Stampin' Up's! Baja Breeze, Marina Mist and Not Quite Navy Inks while the card was still in the Octagon Nestabilities Die.

Thanks for stopping by.  My thoughts and prayers are with those of you who live on the East Coast and are getting hit by Sandy right now. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pumpkin Patch Magic - Guest Designer for Third Coast

I like to imagine there is a bit of magic that occurs on a misty Halloween night in the pumpkin patch as the clock strikes midnight. Perhaps something magical like the autumn Halloween scene pictured here.

This is my second piece this month as Guest Designer for Third Coast Rubber Stamps for October.  An Autumn Halloween scene is the theme for this card.  The focal point is the wonderful Bat-Wing Fairy stamp by artist Valorie Wilson.  The Halloween Corner Pumpkin Vines and the Autumn Owl tree are also stamps with her fabulous art work.

Below are a few close-ups of different parts of the card.

All stamps used are by Third Coast Rubber Stamps:
Bat-Wing Halloween Fairy VB-288-R Pg. 3 Halloween 2008
Autumn Owl VB-178-L Pg. 3 Halloween 2007
Froggy Mage - SM CH-909-A Pg. 17 Early Spring 2007
Halloween Corner Vine - Left VB-325-I Pg. 26 Halloween 2009
Halloween Corner Vine - Right VB-324-I Pg. 26 Halloween 2009
Sinister Bat - Light - SM CM-280-CC Pg. 10 April 2011
Pumpkin Patch Set - PR-034-V Pg. 2 Halloween 2008

  • Using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink, stamp Bat-Wing Fairy and color with Copics.
  • Create a mask for her arm and leg using Judikins Eclipse Tape and stamp ground vines and Autumn Owl with tree using a stamp positioner.
  • Remove masks and color with Copics.
  • Stamp frog and bat, then color with Copics.
  • Using Stampin' Up! and Tombow water base markers, stamp left and right Halloween corner vines.
  • Outline edges of top corner vines with black Copic Multiliner pen.
  • Use Post-It Notes to mask horizon and sponge sky very lightly with Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass Ranger Distress Inks
  • Turn Post-It Notes mask around and color ground lightly with Copic E40, then sponge lightly with Bundled Sage Distrss Ink.
  • Remove mask and color in shadows under images with Copic marker G24 and G20
  • Sponge edges of card with Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.
  • Mat images on black, then Stampin' Up! Poppy Parade cardstock and attach to card base.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gossmere - Tiddly Inks Halloween Challenge

The current Tiddly Inks challenge #96 is "HALLOWEEN".  I decided to use Tiddly Ink's lovely Gossmere image to create this Halloween card.

Gossmere from Tiddly Inks is colored with Copic Markers and "fussy cut". 
Other materials used:
  • Memory Box dies - Creepy Web Frame, Rounded Fence and Dangling spider all die cut out of Vellum cardstock
  • Spellbinders Decorative Grand Nestabilities Grand Ovals and Grand Large Labels dies
  • Stampin' Up! Vellum card stock, Poppy Parade, Summer Sun and Basic Black card stock, orange scrap for spiders, black glitter paper for spiders 
  • Lasting Impressions design paper  (from my stash)
  • Paper Shapers and dollar spider punches from Walmart
  • Martha Stewart Spider Web Edge Punch (again punched with Vellum)
  • Basic Grey Halloween acrylic stamp set - spider webs on oval with Memento black ink
  • Stickles - Star Dust, red and black
I learned a very valuable lesson the hard way, while making this card.  Never, ever, ever apply Stickles to Vellum.  It will immediately crinkle up and unattach itself from whatever it is glued to.  In this case it was the delicate web frame and the border punched webs that I had so very painstakingly glued down.  After the Stickles dried, I tediously reattached the Vellum back down to the card, a small section at a time, but the crinkles and little waves were there to stay.  Fortunately they look kind of like they are supposed to be there as part of the web.  It does add to the 3-D effect, but "Lesson learned!"

Have a super rest of the week.  More rain forecast for here.  We do need it though.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Autumn Wreath

Autumn is such a fabulous time of the year with all of the brilliant colors and fun fall decorations.   I thought I'd try making a card with an all white background, using the bright colors of the fall leaves in a decorative wreath for a contrasting focal point.

  • White cardstock
  • Poppy Stamps/Memory Box Grand Madison Door Die
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing Folder - Bricked
  • Stampin'  Up! 1" and 3/4" circle punches ( punch the small one first, then the larger circle around it to make a ring as a base for the wreath to glue leaves to)
  • Martha Stewart Autumn Branch punch
  • tiny maple and oak leaf punches - old dollar punches from Michaels
  • scrap cardstock in autumn colors
  • tarnished pewter color brad for door handle
  • Stickles in a variety of fall colors
I am entering this in this week's Simon Says Stamp challenge: Dies and/or Punches.

Have a great week.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Creatures of the Night - Third Coast October Guest Designer

I have the wonderful opportunity to be an October Guest Designer for Third Coast Rubber Stamps Creative Coterie Designers' blog today.  I decided to depict a Halloween night scene using several of Third Coast's awesome scenic and Halloween stamps.

 I am also entering this scene in this month's Craft a Scene challenge.  October's theme is Majestic Mountains.

Below is a close-up of the castle, moon and night sky.

Here is a close-up of the wolf and cemetery.

All stamps used are from Third Coast Rubber Stamps:
1.   Stone Castle on Cliffs - LG CM-255-T Pg. 33 August 2011
2.   Tree of Dread - SM VB-054-C pg. 16 Halloween 2006
3.   Tree of Dread - LG VB-053-J pg. 16 Halloween 2006
4.   Tree of Dread - XL VB-362-R pg. 8 August 2011
5.   Silhouette Branch CM-263-O Pg. 36 August 2011
6.   Flying Bat - Dark - SM CM-279-CC pg. 10 April 2011
7.   Werewolf Silhouette AP-489-I pg. 8 August 2011
8.   Wolf Moon - SM CM-010-D pg. 9 Early Spring 2007
9.   Black Cat Hissing - SM VB-189-CC pg. 36 Halloween 2007
10. Wolf Stalking - SM CM-006-A pg. 9 Summer 2007
11. Cemetery - LG CM-226-L pg. 31 Halloween 2009
12. Cemetery - SM CM-227-G Pg. 31 Halloween 2009
13. Long Grass CH-097-CC pg. 32 main catalog
14. Grassy Mound MY-059-D pg. 32 Main Catalog

  • Stamp images, working from front to back, with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. Stamp Werewolf Silhouette with Ranger Distress Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo inks. Stamp XL Tree of Dread with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.
  • Mask the images using Judikins Eclipse Tape after stamping each one.
  • Use a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to help with correct placement of the images in the scene.
  • After stamping is complete, remove Eclipse Tape masks and color images with Copic markers.
  • Replace the Eclipse Tape masks over the stamped and colored images. Using a torn Post-It Note as a mask, sponge in the mountains with Memento London Fog and Grey Flannel inks and Stampin' Up Going Gray ink. Then remove Post-It Note masks.
  • Sponge in the night sky with Ranger Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Gatheed Twigs and just a couple of dabs of Ripe Persimmon.  Also use Memento inks - Espresso Truffle and a few dabs of Cantalope. Finish sky by lightly sponging Memories White Dye ink over the moon and a few places in the sky to add to the eerie look.
  • Remove the Eclipse Tape masks.
  • Use a white gel pen to highlight where the moonlight reflects off the edges of the images for a finishing touch.
  • Mat scene on dark brown, yellow, then black card stock.

Thank you for stopping by to have a look today. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Toxic Treats Halloween Card

A Halloween card for a card challenge with my local stamping club.

All stamps used are by Stampin' Up:
Toxic Treats
Hand Penned Holidays
Etruscan Elegance (Stampin" Around Jumbo Wheel)

Used Stampin' Up's Framelits Labels Collection die on the Toxic Treats witch stamp.

All stamps are inked with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and stamped on Copic X-Press paper.  Die cut out the witch stamp.  Cut around the sentiment "Happy Halloween" following the main curves of the letters, but about 1/4" away from them.  Then all images were sponged with Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress Inks (sponging from lightest to darkest) Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, and Festive Berries.  Attached the Etruscan Elegance image to the white card base.  Popped-up the Toxic Treats witch stamp with dimensional foam tape, then used a double layer of the dimensional foam tape to pop-up the "Happy Halloween"  sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by. 
Have a super day.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Autumn Oval

Another card for this week's challenge at Less is More.  The theme this week is ovals. 

This autumn stamp is from Inkadinkado, but the sentiment is by Studio G.  Both are stamped using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  The tree stamp is colored with Tombow and Stampin" Up markers.  The oval is a reverse mask using the largest Spellbinders' Classic Ovals die.  It is sponged with Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo Ranger Distress Inks.

Thanks for looking.

Fall Fields

The week's challenge theme at Less is More is ovals.   

Both the scarecrow and sentiment stamps are by Inkadinkado. The oval is sponged using a Spellbinders Classic Ovals reverse mask.
The scarecrow and sentiment are stamped in Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  The oval is sponged with Stampin' Up Bashful Blue and Marina Mist inks, as well as Ranger's Distress Ink Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo.  The scarecrow is colored with Tombow and Stampin' Up markers. 

Another beautiful fall day here.  The colors are getting prettier everyday. 
Thanks for stopping by for a look.

Whispy Webs and Eerie Halloween Spiders

I finally had a chance to sit down and make a Halloween (my favorite card making theme) card this season.  I've had this whispy spider and web clear acrylic "Halloween" stamp set by BasicGrey for a couple of years now and just rediscovered it the other day in with my Halloween stash.  The little spiders and the web with a zillion little spiders in the lower left corner are by Inkadinkado, Martha Stewart and Cloud 9.  I wanted to get an eerie Halloween feel with the spiders, but at the same time try to capture Nature's beauty early on a fall morning when their webs sparkle with the morning dew or frost.

First the background was created on Copic X-Press It white cardstock by sponging Ranger Distress inks going from lightest to darkest - Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries, Barn Door, Seedless Preserves, and a touch of Vintage Photo on the edges. 

With the exception of the word "Halloween" which is stamped with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, everything else is stamped by frst inking the stamps with Verafine Onyx black, then with Brilliance Lightning Black, then stamping.

Red and Star Dust Stickles and white gel pen were added at the end.  It's hard to see in the photo, but the webs sparkle in the light as if there is an early morning dew or frost on them.  Red was added to the spiders to make them appear more eerie.

This one layer image is matted on Stampin' Up Concord Crush, scrap orange and SU Real Red  card stock.

Thanks for popping in.  Have a super day.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunflower Birthday Garden

The inspiration for this fall birthday card for my sister-in-law came from the giant sunflowers my DH grew this summer.  Several of them got to be at least 12 feet tall with huge blooms.  They are just now starting to get seeds on them, which of course the birds love.

I used Crafty Secrets' wonderful Sunflower stamp set SM34 and also Penny Black's set Flower Festival 30-095 for the open winged butterfly.  The trellis on the side is a Martha Stewart punch.  The sunflower is popped up using the largest Spellbinders Labels Ten die.  The sky is sponged in Stampin' Up ink using two punched scalloped circles taped together as a mask. 

The sunflower and butterflies are colored with Copic markers after stamping with Versafine Onyx black ink and clear heat embossing.  Unfortunately the camera doesn't do justice to the actual brilliant yellows I colored the petals on the flower.  I stamped, colored and cut out an extra set of the leaves, which are popped up on top of the original ones.  The trellis is sponged with yellow Distress ink, then gone over with E84 and E87 Copic markers to make it look more 3-dimensional.

Have a great start to this fall week.  More than half-way through September already. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Penny Black So Blessed Vintage Silhouette

My order for a new Prima mask/template just arrived in the mail today.  It is so elegant and I wanted to use it to make a special birthday card.  The new Prima mask and the fabulous fall we are having here so far are the inspiration for my card.  Penny Black's "So Blessed" beautiful vintage silhouette is the perfect stamp for what I wanted to design.  For a fall birthday card I thought it would be fun to use a combination of vibrant oranges, reds and violets off set with a bit of green. Those rich colors fill so much of nature's scenery this time of the year. 

The main scene on the card is all one layer matted on piece of scrap violet card stock, then Stampin' Up's Concord Crush and Poppy Parade card stock.  The silhouette lady is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink, colored with Copic markers and clear heat embossed.  Prima's Circle mask was the placed over her and sponged with a variety of Memento and Ranger Distress inks.  The mask was removed and after applying VersaMark ink with a marker, I clear heat embossed the sponged areas.  The mound of grass at the base of the card under her feet was made by using an old brass template from Lasting Impressions as a mask and sponging with ink.  This area was also cear heat embossed.  Then using more Memento and Ranger Distress inks I sponged in the background colors.  White gel pen was added for highlights along with a few dabs of Star Dust Stickles on the dew drops in the grass and in the air.

Thanks for looking.
Have a Super Week.  It's a gorgeous start to fall here.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Penny Black Floral Frame - Weekend Mini Card Challenge

Penny Black is hosting a weekend challenge on their blog.  The challenge is to make a mini card of any shape or design as long as it's a mini card and uses only Penny Black stamps.  Then post it on their Flickr Group Gallery by midnight tonight PST.  They'll be giving out some prize packages on Tuesday on their blog.  I decided to get my act together at the last minute (as usual) and enter the challenge. 

Below is the card I posted on their Gallery and my photostream.  It measures 3" wide x 4-3/4" high.

Penny Black stamps used are:
Floral Frame Cling 40-138
Free Flight clear Acrylic 30-117
Brick Wall Cling 40-137

The frame is popped up with dimensional foam tape.  Everything except the background inside the frame is colored with Copic markers after stamping with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat drying or Clear heat embossing.  The flowers and bird on the frame were stamped a second time, colored, cut out and popped up on the frame.  The background inside the frame is sponged with Tim Holtz Ranger Distress inks - Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Old Paper, Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage and Picked Raspberry.  The bird inside the cage is stamped with VersaMark and Evergreen Bough Distress inks.  I added a few Stickles and some white gel pen highlights to finish it. 

Thanks for stopping by.. Have a great start to the week.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Published in Rubber Stamp Madness Fall 2012 Issue

Yes!!  Talk about being excited!   I just received my copy of the new Fall 2012 Issue of Rubber Stamp Madness and I have two cards in this issue.  The one below is published in the "Laughin' USA" article about using humor with stamping on pages 50 through 58.

Opening Day

In the article I explain that my inspiration for this piece is the three main stamps in the scene - the moose leaning against the birch tree with the humorous glint in his eyes and the moose chasing the hunter.  Both stamps are by The Stampin' Place.  The other inspiration stamp is Hollis, the hunter looking off into the distance, oblivious of the animals right behind him.  This is a front and back set of stamps by Art Impressions. 

I live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula surrounded by National and State Forests.  Both hunting and tourism are a major source of income for the local economy.  Each fall brings the annual influx of inexperiencd woodsmen.  I decided to depict a scene in the woods from the humorous point of view of the animals outsmarting the "hunters". 

Stamps used in the scene are:
Art Impressions: Hollis (the hunter in front), tall pines on sides, tent, deer silhouettes, fern, small grass, stone dots, Scrappy (dog in front)
The Stampin' Place: moose leaning against birch tree, moose chasing hunter
Beeswax: log in front, fern in front
PSX: pines in back along horizon
Custer's Last Stamp: raccoon
Unknown: rock with grass in front

The other card, "What's Brewing" is in the Third Coast Rubber Stamps ad on page 1 of the Fall 2012 issue. 

What's Brewing

Third Coast has such fabulous stamps, but I especially love their dragon stamps and decided to put several of them together in a magical Halloween scene.  Halloween and dragons being two of my favorite stamping themes, it was lots of fun combining them into a scene. 

Third Coast stamps used are:
Dragons Aflight - DT-019-I
Dragon Witch - DT-109-K
Dragon Wizard - DT-108-J
Dan the Dragon - DT-011-I
Bubbling Cauldron - CH-600-I
Stone Riser - CH-472-C
Stone Archway - CH-397-L
Crenellated Wall - CH-657-H
What's Brewing - WS-135-CC

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  Have an awesome weekend.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Delicate Wings and Lace

This card uses Penny Black's absolutely stunning new Soft Wings butterfly stamp.  I think it is the most elegant butterfly stamp I have ever seen.  The lace stamps from the Lace Delight acrylic stamp set go perfectly and help to give the card a vintage look.  I tried out my new Stampin' Up Textured Impressions embossing folder Delicate Designs, adding it across the center of the card rather than using it as a border.  I turned it over and ran it through the machine so that it "debossed" the front of the card. 

The lace was stamped directly on the Neenah white card stock face of the card with Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored with Copics after waiting a minute for the ink to dry.  Then I "debossed" the center of the card and stamped the "Happy Wishes" also from the Lace Delight stamp set in Onyx Black and highlighted with Copics. With a Stamp-a-ma-Jig to get it in just the right spot, I stamped just the antennae of the butterfly after coloring them on the stamp with a Stampin' Up Basic Black marker.  Using Judikins Eclipse tape I masked the two lace stamps and sponged Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tumbled Glass on the center.  I also added a few swipes of Weathered Wood Distress ink over the debossed section and sponged a bit of Pumice Stone Distress Ink on the sides of the sponged center area.

The butterfly was also stamped in Versafine Onyx Black Ink on a separate piece of Neenah white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.  For both the lace and the butterfly I used Copic markers W2, W3, W4, W5, C3, C4, T3, T4, T5, T6 as well as BG70, BG72 and BG75, E87, E89 and Y28.  I also used a Basic Black Stampin' Up marker in a couple of spots on the lower lace image.  After coloring the butterfly, I carefully cut it out, cutting off the antennae on purpose, and glued the body in place lining up the head with the stamped antennae.  The wings are popped up with dimensional foam tape.  Star Dust Stickles were added for a finishing touch to the lace and butterfly's eyes and Turquoise Stickles to the "debossed" design.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Summer Garden Wall - Free For All 126 "Weather or Not"

This week's F4A126 Challenge on Split Coast Stampers is "Weather or Not".  We are supposed to make a card depicting weather.  Lately our weather has been both very hot and humid, extremely unusual for Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Our garden has been growing like crazy with this kind of weather, so I decided to depict a summer garden. 

I've been playing around with some of the new Penny Black stamps I recently ordered.  I love the new Brick Wall cling stamp and the Puzzle Parts clear stamp set has so much potential.   

This card is made using three of the Puzzle Parts clear acrylic stamps, the Brick Wall cling stamp and the silhouette plant cling stamp Breezy

The Puzzle Parts stamp going across the very top of the card was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear heat embossed first, then the stamp that looks sort of like a trellis going down the side was stamped and also clear heat embossed.  I masked the side stamp using Judikins Eclipse tape, then stamped and clear heat embossed the second Puzzle Parts stamp going across the top just below the first one, fitting them together like puzzle pieces.

 I masked these stamps also with Eclipse tape.  Then using a Stamp-a-ma-Jig, I stamped the Brick Wall, inked with a mixture of Stampin' Up Basic Gray and Soft Suede.  I drew and colored a line on the brick wall just below the second Puzzle Parts stamp row to give it more depth.  The masks were removed and all was colored with Copic Markers, shadowing to give depth.

Next I stamped the Breezy plant on the brick with a combination of Cottage Ivy and Teal Zeal Memento ink pads and a touch of Stampin' Up Soft Suede marker.  This was stamped several times in different directions.  I stamped Breezy again several times with the same inks on a separate piece of white Neenah cardstock and fussy cut them out.  After outlining the edges with marker, these were glued directly over top of most of the images on the Brick Wall, giving it more dimension.  Last I cut out the edge of the side Puzzle Parts Stamp before adding the black, blue and green mats.  Except for the Breezy plant and mats everything is actually one layer. 

Thanks for taking the time to have a look.  All the wonderful comments are appreciated.  Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

OLW 97 Line Up Challenge

I needed to make a birthday card and wanted to use my new Penny Black stamps.  This week's OLW 97 Line Up Challenge looked like fun and fit my new stamps perfectly.   The challenge guidelines for this week are to make a one layer card using lines - straight lines, zig-zigs, curves or any kind of lines - just so it has lines on it. 

The butterfly is stamped first with Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear heat embossed, colored with Copic markers, then a Versamarker and clear heat embossed again. 

Next the butterfly was masked with Judikins Eclipse Tape before stamping two rows of the Circles and Lines stamp also with Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear heat embossing.  The lines are also colored with Copics. 

The sentiment is stamped using both Tangelo and Dandelion inks.  I used a Stamp-a-ma-Jig to position the lines and the sentiment. 

Just when I thought I was finished I manged to smudge a couple of dabs of Dandelion ink right in the middle of the white space.  So I decided to try out the new Fireworks! sprays I just purchased by Imagine Crafts.  The colors match the Memento ink colors.  I used the two that match Tangelo and Dandelion.  This worked great to cover up my smudge.  There is a pretty shimmer to the card now, but it doesn't show in the photo.  Although I no longer have the nice white space,  I do like the way the Fireworks! sprays look.

Stamps: Penny Black Social Butterfly, Circles and Lines, and the sentiment is from Round and Round

Inks: Tsukineko Memento Dandelion and Tangelo, Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMark Marker, Fireworks! Sprays by Imagine Crafts

Embossing Powder:  Ranger Detail Clear Embossing Powder

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a super week!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Tropical Thank You

Another thank you card using the Stampin' Up Plant Hope stamp set.  This time I used the palm tree.  The sentiment is the same one used in the last post from the Kindness Matters Stampin' Up set.

 I am entering this card in this week's CCEE Stampers Challenge - CCEE1228 Reverse Masking

For this card I decided to try out my new Stampin' Up Framelits Labels Collection dies for the first time.  I used them to cut and use as a reverse mask for the scene, then to cut another opening and finally to cut out and emboss the frame. 

The entire scene was first sponged starting at the top with Basful Blue, working my way down the scene next was Marina Mist and Tempting Turquoise in the middle.  Switching over to purples and starting at the bottom of the scene, I first sponged Almost Amethyst, then Lavender Lace and Lovely Lilac met The Tempting Turqouise in the middle.  Then using a torn edge Post-It Note, the shoreline was sponged with Lovely Lilac horizontally in the center where the blues and purlples meet.  Using torn Post-It Notes, the mountains were sponged using the same purples.  The palm trees were stamped with Versfine Onyx Black ink and heat dried before coloring with Soft Suede and Wld Wasabi Stampin' Up markers.  A few dots of white gel pen, Soft Suede and Basic Black marker were added on the beach.  For a finishing touch to the scene, white gel pen was added to highlight the trees and the water.

The Thanks was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat dried.  The mats are Concord Crush and Almost Amethysist cardstock making the dimensions of the finished card 5" x 7".

Thanks for stopping by and for all the wonderful, thoughtful comments. They are appreciated.  Have a super weekend. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

A Special Thank You!

This card is a special thank you card for Michelle Zindorf.  Another stamper friend and I recently had the opportunity to attend all three of Michelle Zindorf's workshops at Sand Lake, here in Michigan.  It was a long day, but totally AWESOME.  We learned so much and Michelle is such a fabulous artist and teacher.  It was worth every minute of the 3-1/2 hour drive to take the workshops.  I'm especially glad I was able to attend, because after the end of the year she won't be doing anymore traveling workshops. 

Several of the techniques she taught us in the workshops are used in this card. Some of these techniques include brayering, of course, sponging, masking and sponging with Post-It Notes, masking using Versamark and clear heat embossing, stamping by applying waterbase markers directly to the rubber stamps, several techniques using a white gel pen, and reversing the stamped image using Stanpin' Up's clear plastic Window Sheets.

All of the stamps, papers and other materials used are by Stampin' Up.

Stamps: Plant Hope, Uncharted Territory, Kindness Matters (sentiment)

Markers: Aways Artichoke, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Mellow Moss, Apricot Appeal, Soft Suede and Early Espresso

Inks: Pads - Almost Amethyst,  Lavender Lace, Lovely Lilac, Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Concord Crush, River Rock, Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Taken With Teal; VersaMark pad and marker

ReInkers: (used to watercolor) Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, River Rock, Blushing Bride

Paper: Very Vanilla, Concord Crush, Lavender Lace, Basic Black

Accessories:  Sponges, White Gel Pen, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Window sheets, Clear Embossing Powder, Post-It Notes, brayer, watercolor brush and plastic palette for reinkers

Thanks for stopping by.  Wishing those of you in the states a great 4th of July Independence Day celebration and a fabulous week for everyone.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Butterflies and Flowers

Butterflies and flowers - a perfect combination for a summer card.  This is the second card I'll be teaching at a summer card class in a few weeks at our local craft store.

Stamps used were all Penny Black - Allover Pattern #40-109 cling stamp for the background, Flowers Sweet clear set #30-096, Flower Festival clear set #30-095.

Thanks for taking the time to look.
Have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Seaside Scenic Card

One of my favorite places to cool off during the summer is the beach.   With all of the hot and humid summer days we've been experiencing lately, I decided to create a cooling seaside scene for one of the cards I will be teaching in a few weeks at our local craft store. 

Stamps used were from Crafty Secrets Seaside clear stamp set SM#17.  The little girl is stamped on the middle size die of the Spellbinder's Labels Eighteen die set. This was done to create the feeling of zooming in on that part of the scene.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vintage Summer Garden Card Class

I've been dealing with some health issues for the past couple of months, but have finally gotten enough energy and mojo back to create some new projects.  I will be teaching another card class next month at our local craft store.   With inspiration from the beautful summery weather we've been enjoying, I decided to create a couple of summer garden cards. 

I used two vintage stamp sets from Crafty Secrets for these cards.  The first card is a little garden scene.  The second one is intended to give the feeling of vintage cameo jewelry. 

Stamps used:  Crafty Secrets - Garden Girls #SL21, Wildflowers #SM18
EK Success Punch used - Rose Bush 2 in 1 Edger Punch
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels Twenty-One and Petite Ovals Small
Platinum and clear embossing powders

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
Hope you're having a great week.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Tulips Framing Tulips

One of my favorite things about of the arrival of spring is watching the earth spring to life again and especially seeing all the vibrant colors of the spring blossoms and garden flowers.  Of all the spring flowers, tulips are one of my favorites. 

This card was inspired by two Tiddly Inks stamps, the charming "Charles" and the precious little dog "Kiki".
They go together wonderfully with Melanie Muenchinger's elegant "A Beautiful Life" tulip frame stamp from Gina K. Designs.  Inside the frame I created a mini scene using Penny Black's lovely "Brush Tulips" stamp in combination with Stampin' Up's "Inspired By Nature" versitile grass stamp.

There are several layers to the card, created by using dimensional foam tape.  The grass and tulips in the mini scene in the picture were colored with Stampin' Up waterbase markers applied directly to the the stamp.  After stamping, they are colored with Versamarker and and clear heat embossed.  Stampin' Up Always Artichoke Ink was sponged at their base.  Using a punched scalloped circle as a mask, the clouds were sponged in a variety of blue inks, adding more dimension to the scene.

The tulip frame, Charles, and Kiki are colored with Copic markers.

This is a birthday card for a friend with a spring birthday, who also loves tulips.

I am entering this card in 2 challenges:
 Tiddly Inks Birthday Bash - Challenge #83  Happy Birthday Christy!!
Oozak's Challenge #1 Anything Goes  Congratulations on the brand new challenge blog and to all the fabulous new design team members.

Happy Easter and Happy Springtime.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by.