Monday, September 22, 2014

Penny Black Autumnal Wreath

Instagram Followers have been watching me transform this Autumn Wreath stamp from Penny Black this weekend. Do you have a Smart Phone? Download the app and join us group of paper crafters there, it's such a friendly site!

Here's how the day got started...

A stamped image on water color paper and just a few pencils to start coloring. This twiggy wreath is a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables and I enjoyed shading every image. Here I've started to color just the blackberries in the wreath. Then they would get water colored before coloring another section.

Here I let my IG Followers know I was finished after 13 pencils later and ready to crop for a card! Oh the suspense! Now to decide on the card design that will let this Autumnal Wreath shine!

Here's a sneak peak while you're waiting to see the finished product. As you can see I decided to paper snip around the twigs for a more dimensional look. The wreath overall is quite large and I wanted to see more pretty designer paper. A gold embossed greeting centered inside the wreath just gorgeous!

Penny Black Autumnal Wreath

And here we are with a 5x5 finished card. Architecturally, with the scale of this wreath I think it would drown out an A1 Card. The 5x5 design allows me to have more balance in card stock and designer paper. My card base is the yummy Stampin' Up! Baked Brown Sugar, a nice warm neutral! The mat in 2014-2016 In Color Blackberry Bliss. 

Later in the week you'll see more of this Authentique paper pack called Remembrance. It's been just what I needed when working with Blackberry Bliss. If you're willing to sacrifice some yardage of your ribbon give this Figure Eight Bow a try. It's just what this larger size card needs to adorn this Autumnal Wreath don't you think? 

I love it! I don't know what I'll do with it, the inside panel is still blank until I know just what or whom it will end up with. I thought the sentiment from Apothecary Art "So Grateful" perfect for the season. Giving Thanks. 

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stampin' Up! Festival of Trees Clean & Simple for Christmas

New Stampin' Up! Festival of Trees photopolymer stamp set & matching punch save you 15% when picking them up together! You'll have the best time deciding how you'll build your trees and quickly punch them out!

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Festival of Trees stamped tone on tone and a little gold embossing is all Black Tie! Nothing but Class for this Clean & Simple layout today.

To keep the look tidy I've stared with handsome Basic Black card stock. Look! An A1 Card! I rarely make this landscape silhouette for my cards have you noticed?

I pulled out my Real Read and considered it against Cherry Cobbler for my next layer. I love them both but opted for the Real Red, a little more cheery against the Basic Black. 

What girl can resist all of that Gold? A gold foil panel is the back drop for three adorable Christmas trees. The flanking trees in Old Olive are stamped in Old Olive ink, and adorned with gold embossed "tinsel" included in the two-step stamp set. 

My middle tree in Real Red is simply stamped in Versa Mark and gold embossed. Squeal! I just love the image of this middle tree!! 

The enclosed greeting in this set has a tiny font. I've gold embossed it for repetition sake and cropped them with my Modern Label Punch. 

Taking a photo of this card made of Gold Foil was tricky. My hand or my sweater were in the reflection and I've made many attempts at a better look. Click on the image and I think it will enlarge it's my hope you can get a glimpse of how lovely this card is..not photoed well here. So please! Go ahead and CASE away! And then you'll know...

Have the best day my Peeps!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stampin' Up! Stipple Blossoms for Thank You

Finally I had some time to pull out a new package of MME (My Minds Eye) 6x6 Paper Stack I purchased from Simon Says Stamp. It's called Pretty Things. Isn't it a darling cottage theme in distressed wood and pretty flowers!

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Deco Labels Framelits one of my favorites crops my sentiment from Lots of Thanks. I absolutely love the font in that sentiment! The Very Vanilla panel there inked in crumb cake with the Birch Bark background stamp in our Autumn stamp set called Truly Grateful. Stippled Blossoms add a pop of fresh color and since there are only two on this card paper snipping was finished in a snap. Look closely and you'll see I went all Ann Schach on these blossoms with 8 pearls each adhered to the centers. :)

Some retired Denim ribbon completes my signature double bow and a mini clothespin holds the heart in place, made especially for the recipient! This card in blues and pink is a nice change from my Autumn stamping. Kind of a one last attempt to hang on to Summer I think! Here in Vermont that's just a pipe dream. 

Pull out your stamps and papers and make something pretty today! Thanks for dropping by and have a great day Stampers!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stampin' Up! Day of Gratitude

Those of you in the know are thinking...What? Day of Gratitude? That set is retired! 
And sadly you are right! In fact, I've been pulling out retired stamps & designer paper of the season to ink up once again!

Maybe you're one of the lucky ones to have your Day of Gratitude stamp set. I have an awful habit of selling my retired stamps on Ebay and then wish I hadn't! Retired sets sell like hotcakes and it's nice to recover some of my investment if I'm sure it's one I can part with.

Still on the shelf also is matching Specialty Designer Series Paper to match, Autumn Spice. Yummy in Pear Pizzaz, More Mustard, Early Espresso and Cajun Craze. You won't find a beloved Framelit to match this Medallion or collection of leaves in this Autumn themed stamp set but it's worth taking the time to paper snip. After all, we're here to enjoy the moment and paper snipping is a part of it!

The recipient is a Contractor friend of mine, who recently fell off the ladder at home landing on both feet. The feet didn't do so well in the fall, both are fractured and he's out of work and off those feet for over 6 months. 

So Sorry stamp set was the perfect sentiment for my inside panel. Can you Believe It Rippley that this set is retired too! I had to double check, Gonzo. 

Todays lesson. Ink up your dusty old stamp sets! They'll love you for it! And don't fall off ladders at home. 
Best Wishes to Michael, get well soon my friend and please let me know how I can be of help.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Stampin' Up! Kind & Cozy Mary Engelbreit Style!

Having a great time with a new craft technique inspired by the whimsical artwork from Mary Engelbreit
There isn't an illustration of Mary's out there that doesn't bring a smile to my face! This file folder below my inspiration to white emboss on black card stock and add color.

I decided to mimic Mary's typical black and red theme. Since we can't ink up a stamp and use it on black card stock, you first need to white emboss the black panel. 

Use your Embossing Buddy liberally on the black card stock. Who likes to see strays of white embossing powder all over your artwork after heat embossing? Not me!

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Add Color with Blendabilities Markers! Adding color was easy enough with my new Blendabilities Markers! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie shades colored right over the embossed images. 
My Chalk Stamp n Write Marker was used to add random dots, something you would see in tole painting.

So as you can see I'm no Mary Engelbreit but enjoyed giving this technique a try. Give it a go with some of your stamps and let me know how you liked it!

Nice visiting with you Stampers!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Stampin' Up! Stippled Blossoms for Anniversary

Well Hello!

Did you miss me? I've had my hands full trying to write to my son in Basic Training and his two new friends, including making them handmade cards so they have mail when the Drill Sargent give out Mail Call! It's taking all of my personal stamping time to keep up with the task!

Yesterday I had some ladies over for a light lunch and a Stippled Blossoms Class. This card inspired by the very talented Ann Schach. I'm not one to case peoples work and typically design cards all by myself but this is just too close to Ann's original not to pass the credit and enjoy a duplicate. Have a look!

Stippled Blossoms is a Two-Step stamp set, meaning there is a solid image to stamp first, typically in a lighter shade of ink and then using the Stamp-a-majig stamp the highlight or shaded image of the stamp. Not the newest stamp set in the Annual Catalog so it doesn't come with a matching framelit die much to the disgust of my classmates! Lots of sharing the stamps, ink and stamp a majig today, and an awful lot of paper snipping but hey! We have some lovely cards out there! 

As always, I supply an alternate sentiment and some ladies opted for Happy Birthday and who can blame them! The Hardwood background stamp inks up so well with our new Firm Foam ink pads! Juicy they are and cover this large stamp quickly! 

Our color pallet today is Blackberry Bliss, Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey, Pear Pizzaz (ah my favorite!) and Mossy Meadow. 

The Banner Framelits are new to me, I've been making my own for years, how hard is it to snip up the center of a rectangular piece of card stock and snip it up the middle and then from the corners in? Well now that I have these layering banners I'm happy to crank my Big Shot! A new set of clear plates by the way are very happy on my Magnetic Platform!

So there you have it, I'm way to busy at this time to keep the blog very current. My apologies. 
For those of you in the know...I want to update you that Hazel Kitty has just walked in the door as I finish typing this post, she's in great health and happy to be back home! Phew! Thank the Lord! We thought we lost a good friend!

Thanks for stopping by today, it was great catching up with you!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Stampin' Up! Wetlands

Stampin' Up! Wetlands one of my favorite stamps for the guys! Made today for my son in a monochromatic color pallet of Baked Brown Sugar!

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I'm enjoying my new Banner Framelits, I used to just snip my own but now I run them through the Big Shot and the layers are sure to match! I surprise myself at how often I use my Hardwood background stamp, I've kept it mounted on my largest Acrylic Block as it's so handy! It's a nice country plank complete with knots and makes a handsome rustic background when I need one!

Clean and Simple for sure, off in the mail wrapped in a clear envelope before inserting in my addressed envie to save it from the elements. Including mud puddles on Main Street. Will my town ever be put back together? Ugh!

Enjoy your weekend Stampers!