Friday, October 31, 2014

Autumn and Christmas Door Wreaths

Revised versions of a couple of door wreath cards I made a few years ago.

Memory Box Dies  - Bright Lanterns and Tiny Bow
Poppy Stamps Die - Grand Madison Door
Sizzix - Tim Holtz Alterations Bricked embossing folder
Martha Stewart Punches - Branch (pine) and Autumn Branch.
Misc. leaf punches, Candy Cane and Holly dollar punches
Metallic Brad and Stickles for accents
Bows and Autumn Lantern colored with Copics
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Christmas Angel

A Christmas card using the Stampin' Up! colors Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, and Cherry Cobbler.  Not your usual Christmas season color palette.  That was the challenge a while ago at our local stamping group.  This is a finalized version of what I designed.

As you can see in the close-up above, I used Ranger's Crackle Accents on the angel after fussy cutting her out.  She was stamped in Bermauda Bay with touches here and there of Cherry Cobbler Ink.  I also sponged Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of her and added metallic gold where the white lines were, using a Sharpie Medium Metallic Gold Permanent Paint Pen.  She was popped up using dimensionals .
The background paper is Crumb Cake sponged around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and edged with the Gold Metallic Sharpie Pen, then matted on Bermuda Bay 5 x 7 cardstock.
The stars are stamped in Color Box metallic gold ink and the grunge dots are Bermuda Bay Ink.
The sentiment was stamped the same way as the angel and then clear heat embossed.
Stamps used:
Stampin' Up!: Rejoicing With You - angel; Gorgeous Grunge - dots; The Sounding Joy - sentiment; Simply Stars - medium stars; Evergreen - small stars; Christmas Star - large star
PSX:  - star bottom right corner
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Have a great day.

Monday, October 27, 2014

SCACD Steampunk Skull

This fun, very spooky Steampunk Skull is one of SCACD's (Susana's Custom Art and Card Design) fab digis Susana has for sale on her site. 

This eerie skull has a bit of a story about him.  I've been away at a semi annual scrapping/stamping retreat for four days at Trout Creek Condominiums Resort in Harbor Springs, Michigan.  A gorgeous place to stay with a fantastically friendly group and staff.  I had spent about four hours coloring all the fab details in this skull and was about to put all the pieces of the card together, when I couldn't find him anywhere.  I went through everything, the trash, stacks of paper piece by piece, all my cases of materials and my tool kit.  No sign of him anywhere. A couple of friends/fellow stampers helped me.  They also looked through everything.  I knew he had to be there, because I had just used him to measure for the piece.  After about an hour of looking, I was about to give up and start over coloring him.  All of a sudden there he was - he slid out from between two pieces of scrap paper.  Talk about eerie!! So now, after my first time at the retreat, I have a reputation for having lost my skull!

 The skull was colored with Copic markers before cutting out.  SCACD's Garden Corner dies were used in the top two corners.  SCACD's Alice's Clock die was used in the bottom left corner.  The large chain is an EK punch and the small chain is a Memory Box die.  All of the die cuts were heat embossed with gold, antique gold, brass, silver and copper embossing powders. 

The dies were glued on a scrap piece of design paper from my stash, before matting on black and then gold shimmer cardstock.  The Steampunk Skull was popped up in the center. The corners of the design paper and black cardstock were punched with a Stampin' Up ticket corner punch.

Have a great week.

Give Me the Chocolate!! SCACD Ecto Curiosities Digi

This cute little devilish character, Ecto, is one of SCACD's (Susana's Custom Art and Card Design) fun Curiosities Digis


Ecto was colored with Copic markers, then cut out, along with the cute sentiment that comes with this digi.  The sentiment was matted on black and bright yellow cardstock. 

I also die cut two of the SCACD Classic Corners dies and four of the SCACD Ornate Hinge dies.  The hinges made perfect flames at the base of the card.  The die cuts were also colored with Copics following the same color scheme.  The die cuts and the sentiment were all glued down on a piece of Haunted Hollow design paper I found in my stash.  Ecto was popped up so he was farther away from the background in the front, tapering to his tail, which was glued down directly on the design paper.  This gave a more dimensional effect. 

The piece was matted on black, bright yellow and orange cardstock.  Yellow Stickles were added to Ecto's spots for a finishing touch.

Have a great start to the week.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Reindeer Merry Christmas

A fun Christmas card using the Memory Box Grand Christmas die, some oval punches and a snowflake punch from Stampin' Up!

I used a couple of different sized oval punches and cut apart a snowflake punch to make the reindeer heads.  The noses are a regular sized hole punch in red and black with Black Enamel Accents from Ranger and Red Stickles.  I drew white lines on the black noses with a white gel pen.  The cute eye lash google eyes I found in my stash when I went hunting for the google eyes.  The design paper is from my scrap stash.  I sponged around the edges of the A2 card and the edges of the antlers with Walnut Stain Ranger Distress Ink.

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Blustery Halloween

This card feels like a blustery Halloween with the pumpkin lanterns swinging in the wind. 

Yesterday at our monthly local stamping group meeting, we had a challenge to make a Halloween card in about a half an hour with whatever materials we had with us at the time.  This is what I came up with. 

Stamps Used:
Stampin' Up! - Happy Congratulations - lanterns; Gorgeous Grunge - spots and speckles in background; Fall Fest - ghost and leaves; Wetlands and Simply Sketched - bushes at base of card
Penny Black - Bare Tree
Art Impressions - Background - distressed diagonal lines

The ghost is first stamped in Memento Pear Tart ink on a separate sheet of white cardstock and colored over with Copic markerYG23.  The eyes and mouth are Y17. Then I cut it out and glued it down on a piece of 4.75 x 6.75 piece of white cardstock. 

The lanterns were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with a variety of orange and green markers.  The pumpkin faces are hand drawn.  The bushes and bare tree and leaves are stamped with Walnut Stain Distress ink and colored with green, yellow, orange and brown Copics.

The background and edges are sponged with Ranger Distress Inks - Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.  The distressed grungy background was stamped with Ripe Persimmon, Barn Red and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks.

It was matted on a piece of 5" x 7" black cardstock then onto an A7 white card base. 

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Hope you have a great week.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Autumn Lanterns from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design

Fall, with it's fabulous colors, is such a wonderful time of the year for enjoying nature's bounty.  One of my favorite fall plants is the  Chinese Lantern.  The colors in the flowers are especially beautiful in the summer and the fall seed pods are such vibrant shades of orange.

Susana's Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD) has just recently posted some new digital images for sale.  There are several lovely flowers drawn by SCACD artist Carmen Medlin.   One of them is this gorgeous Chinese Lantern.

Below is a close up of the flower and seed pods.
                  Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities - Grand Large Labels
Punch:  Stampin' Up! Ticket Corner punch

The image was colored with Copic markers after printing it on Georgia Pacific 110 lb. white cardstock.  After using the ticket corner punch, I sponged around the edges with Color Box Copper and Ranger Walnut Stain inks.  It was matted on a shimmer copper cardstock . 
A frame was created using the Grand Large Labels largest and third largest dies.  It was sponged with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Rainger Distress Ink, then popped up around the matted main image.
This was matted on to a piece of dark blue/green cardstock, then another piece of shimmer copper cardstock, a piece of unknown design paper in my stash and Early Espresso cardstock.
I used two of SCACD's dies in this piece that I thought finished it off perfectly.  I cut four of SCACD's Classic Corners and colored them with Copics E35 and E59 before gluing them in the corners.  I cut the fan from SCACD's Nature's Tapestry Fan die and also colored it with E35 and E59.  I glued this in place on the bottom corner of the frame I made.  I framed all of this in a black 8" x10" frame.
Be sure to go check out all the beautiful new flower and other fun digis over at SCACD.
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Have a great and color filled fall week.