Monday, August 31, 2009


Sorry for seeming like I've been absent.

We moved our son to college, took a WEEKEND away from home (hard to do with a hubby that's a pastor), worked extra days at work last week, and had knee surgery today.

Surgery went well today, the doctor found things not as bad as anticipated. Now just to get the pain down and get back to moving again.

Hopefully, I'll be posting some new creations soon.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Shadow Stamping

Here's my card for today. Taken with Teal is such a pretty color. I thought I'd use it to show the shades that it can create when you stamp it twice. The main image is attached with dimensionals to give it more of a framed look.

The card is a trifold. I cut the cardstock at 5 1/2" x 11" and scored it at 3" and at 7 1/4" to create the correct card size.

Cardstock: Taken with Teal, Very Vanilla, SU To the Nines Designer Paper, Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Round Tab punch, Ticket Corner punch.

I used the Mat Pack to create the paper piercing on the 2nd layer. The spray is also stamped in Close to Cocoa on the 2nd layer and then again in the stamped off Taken with Teal on Very Vanilla cardstock on the inside of the card.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Autumn and Bears - What a treat!

I've been playing around with my stamps a bit in the past few days and came up with these cards.

The first one was done after seeing this card Extreme Snowboarding on Splitcoast Stampers. A link to the tutorial as to how to do the background is found in her blog. This is my try at that technique to do a fall type card with Lovely as a Tree and Autumn Days from Stampin' Up! as my stamp sets. I used a brayer for the sky and the grass and sponged the land and some of the fill-in for the colors.

The trees were stamped in in gray with the trees in the background having been stamped off 1st to make them look farther away. The pheasant was stamped 2 times - 1st in Dusty Durango - 2nd in Bermuda Bay without cleaning the stamp 1st so as to leave a little of the other color on the image. I then cut out the head and chest area and attached it to the original bird. The bird is attached to the card with a dimensional and the tail kind of curls outwards and looks more realistic this way.

My 2nd card today is from the new Beary Best Friends set that is coming to customers on Sept. 1st. I stamped a bunch of the bears and worked on different ways to color them. He is cut out and then attached with dimensionals. The Ballet Blue background layer is also attached with dimensionals to lift it off the page a little as well.

I hope you enjoy these cards. I'm looking forward to sharing them with others.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wheat Harvest

Here is my submission for today's Sketch Challenge on SCS. I used my new Autumn Days set and the Tapestry technique found here. My embossing powder is a deep etch clear powder, so it shows up very shiny on the paper.

I used Pumpkin Pie and Creamy Caramel Craft Ink from SU for the background and stamped the wheat in Whisper White before embossing the whole background piece. The wheat for the main image was stamped in Creamy Caramel and sponged with Creamy Caramel Craft Ink. The entire work is framed with Soft Suede and mounted on a Creamy Caramel card base.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Build A Bear Workshop coming to a stamping workshop near you!

Yes, Build A Bear Workshop is partnering with Stampin' Up! to bring some fun images and craft ideas to you. Starting Sept. 1, customers will have a chance to purchase stamp sets and Sizzix items to create wonderful bear items.

Here is my first card made with the new Beary Best Friends stamp set.

I'm looking forward to sharing more with you in the near future.