Friday, December 31, 2010

First Birthday for 2011


The first birthday we celebrate in the new year is on January 2nd and it is Gina's. She is the eldest of our children, and I'm not going to say how old she will be because like she just said to us "It just means you are getting older too."

This card was made entirely with the Silhouette SD and it required about 4 tries to get it right. I am still learning about settings and what is appropriate for what card stock and the intricacy of the detail. The letters of Gina's name were made using a font on my computer. The swirl is actually a part of a frame design in the Silhouette library. The white design and letters are from a "Happy Birthday" card design.
This is antique linen cardstock and I used the tag setting and increased it to the thickest setting and slowed the cutting rate down from 10 to 5 and I only had a couple of tiny places where it required some effort to get it apart. I have found that to be true of any die cut machine though, it just takes a little playing to find the right settings.

I start out pretty good at the first of the year, making cards and getting them out on time and as the year goes on I don't do as well...............Not going to make it a New Year's resolution but I am going to try and do better this year.

I wish for you a safe and Happy New Year filled with good health, happiness and lots of creative time. Thank you for sharing this past year with me and I am looking forward to your visits in the coming year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Debbie

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Winning Combination



Today I finally had a little time to play with my new Silhouette SD and some of my new Hero stamps. The card was made using a silhouette card design, cut out of white card stock. The new Hero stamp is the cling Flower Corsage stamp.

First I masked off the center loop design and stamped the corsage image around the edges of the card. Then I masked all of the card except the loops and colored them with the same ink I used to stamp the flowers. Then I used the ink again to color the frame and adhered around the center of the card. Stamped the sentiment on the back inside of the card so it was centered in the window. Finished it by adding a few white pearls.
The sentiment is from the Hero clear set CL184.

Are you glad the holidays are almost over? I am. It was nice but I am ready for a new year. This time of year holds the excitement of a clean slate to me...a blank new calendar just waiting to be written on. What will the new year hold? Do you have something that you are looking forward to? Maybe the best things will be the surprises that are in store for us, Let's hope so!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Almost a White Christmas!


Christmas day we had lots of sun with clouds in the afternoon. When I woke up at 3am we were having flurries and this was taken around 8am. We don't get snow here very much and I just love it! The last time we had snow at Christmas was 1989.


This is the field behind our house and we took a walk and could see where the deer had been out this morning looking for some berries and food to eat.

We had a quiet Christmas, my dad and 2 dear friends came. Way too much food and I am recuperating from all the cooking and I may not cook again till next year! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday. My vacation is over, so back to work tomorrow.

Looking forward to some down time to do some crafting. Got some new Hero goodies that I am anxious to ink up and I already have a list of some more of them that I think I need.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
Happy Holidays!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

2010 Christmas Card


The design is done!! Will I get 50 of these made in time to send out????????? That is the big question.

I finally took the plunge and got the Silhouette SD on back Friday. The sale was just too good to resist. The snow globe is one of their designs. The original size was too square for this A2 size card, but the wonderful thing is that you can adjust the design to be the size you need. So I just stretched the design to make the globe more oval than round and it fit perfectly. What a wonderful feature.

The deer, snow flake, sentiment, and stripe background are all from Hero Arts. The tree is from Penny Black.

The snow globe comes in three parts..the background, the base, and the snow layer and that makes it easy to color and decorate those parts individually. The snow layer was covered with adhesive and white fun flock was applied.

Now, off to do some Christmas shopping.........I haven't started yet. Every year I say I am going to get it done earlier and every year it is later. Hope you are doing better with your holiday preparations than I am.

I am on vacation for the next two weeks so I hope to see you more often :)
Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

First Ever.....1 Layer Christmas Card


I made a card!!!!!! That shouldn't be that exciting but for whatever reason putting stamp to paper lately has been a challenge for me. Judy posted a ninety minute challenge this morning over on the Hero Flickr site and I decided to give it a try.

My Christmas cards usually have many layers, but her challenge was to do a 1 layer holiday card. All stamps are by Hero Arts except the sentiment and it is by PTI.

First step was to cut a mask using a Spellbinders nestability. I placed that on the center of the card and sprayed Glimmer Mist around it. After the Mist was dry I stamped the Hero background star stamp and emobssed it. I used white ink and a polysparkle powder and the effect is really subtle.

Then I stamped and embossed the reindeer and colored it with a copic marker.

I used the Spellbinders nestability itself to draw outlines around the masked area using red and green markers. I added a few snowflakes to the center area around and below the reindeer. This wasn't part of the plan initially but there were a few smudges in those areas and I started to make the card over but it was getting close to the end of the 90 minutes.......so snowflakes it was.

Soooooo after I post this picture on the blog I notice the little piece of white paper stuck on the side near the sentiment. LOL!
But I am still happy..I MADE A CARD!!!! WOOHOO!!
My friend, Helen, says she has been looking at my blog everyday wondering when I was ever going to post something again. Helen, this one is for you!

Have a great day everyone and thanks so much for stopping by :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hello Again!

WOW! Life has been just crazy lately, a little of everything going on and I have missed being here and visiting with all my blogging friends. Today I had the opportunity to finally meet Tanya's sweet baby girl, Lainey Reese.
I had hoped to meet her in the hospital but of all the luck I was sick and out of work that week. She is beautiful and I thought I would share a couple of photos I took today.


Tanya looks so good, Lainey is adorable and Wyatt is very interested in Santa, Christmas and Thomas!




Isn't that the sweetest face?

Is everybody getting ready for the holidays? I haven't even started my Christmas cards, haven't even decided on a design. We are having a quiet Thanksgiving, I am working that day and none of the kids will be here so we are putting off frying a turkey until Christmas. Might try to get the Christmas tree up that week and get that done so I can put my dad's up the next week.

I am getting excited about the new Hero cataloge, always look forward to new stamps! I was sorry to hear that Stamping Treasures is closing. I have done a lot of shopping with them over the years and will miss their great selection of Hero stamps and their great service.

Thanks for stopping by, hopefully things are going to be a little less eventful and I can get some creative and blogging time in more frequently.

See you soon!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My thoughts on Hunting Season

Let me start by saying this is not my usual post and if you enjoy hunting you might want to stop reading now!

I love nature! And I love animals. The deer in the field behind our house are gentle creatures and I love watching them. Which brings me to hunting season.  My definition of hunting season is
"Men trying to prove their manliness by murdering poor defenseless animals with high powered rifles." It has nothing to do with feeding their families....by the time you pay for guns and bullets and all the necessary gear, you can buy a lot of beef!

And today to top it all off my neighbors have decided to take it even further by gutting their "proofs of manliness" in the yard next door. So in order not to see this treat I am forced to stay in my house with the windows drawn.
We live in a development wouldn't you think this would not be the norm? I know we live in the south, redneck country, but give me a break! And I am pretty sure they all know I feel about hunting so I guess this is just a slap in the face.

When they deer come into the field and they see us they just stand around and look to see what we are doing. How much sport can there be in killing them? So if you think that murdering them makes you a big man in anyones eyes, guess again. And oh, by the way drag your children out there as soon as they can tote a gun and have a picture put in the local newspaper. You are passing along wonderful lessons to them too.

Sorry, if I have offended you in anyway. I needed to vent. I have been sick all week and this morning my blood pressure is probably not in a very healthy range. I had to get this out or explode.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat 2010

Our first Trick or Treaters of the night and they arrived in style!


We had a cute little moose, two fairies and an adorable Little Red Riding Hood :)

 
There was an awesome turn out, probably over 200 in all. We sat out on the porch and handed out candy, I told them they could have candy if I could take photos. We had the candy in a big bowl and at first Larry was letting the kids reach in and get what they wanted, but after he told one tiny little girl to take what she wanted and she tried to take the whole bowl, we started handing it out. It wasn't her fault, he told her to take what she wanted and she took him up on it.
As one group approached us, I said "Are you bringing us candy?" and one sweet little boy started taking candy out of his bucket to give me. We had to convince him to put it back and take some from us. Then a brother and sister came up and I was asking her if she was supposed to be Dorothy from the Wizzard of Oz, and he said "No, I'm Spider Man". I guess he thought I must not be very smart.


And they kept coming and coming. I loved it!



 
 Tanya and Chris brought Wyatt and Owen up. Wyatt loved the candy but was not very happy about the witches!

 




I have wonderful memories of Halloweens from my childhood, we had so much fun and I hope all these kids made some wonderful memories tonight.
Hope you night was full of Treats and no Tricks! Thanks for stopping by!! If I could give you some candy I would!!!!!



Sunday, October 24, 2010

Birthday Balloons


Beautiful Sunday afternoon here, Hope you are enjoying one also. 

Just a quick birthday card to share with you today. I used the "All About You"  sentiment stamp set from PTI. It is so versatile! And  the balloons are from the "Everyday Button Bits" set.

Headed out this evening for a "Hen Party" and a little catch up time with the hens :). We have known each other almost since we hatched LOL!

Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Birthday Bouquet


This  lovely stamp is from the Flourishes "Gerbera Daisies" clear set. Who wouldn't enjoy receiving a beautiful bouqet of flowers on their birthday? The tiny sentiment if from PTI. This is one of my favorite sentiment sets because they are so tiny and work well on many different types of cards. This set is also available in a larger size.

Hope your day is going well! Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

PDCC # 51


Love the colors this week for the Play Date Cafe Challenge and you can read more about the challenge HERE.
And this is my interpretation of those colors.


To tell the truth, I don't think I have ever seen a hydrangea this color, until now. LOL!

I have been experiencing a terrible period of stamping block. My creativity just flew the coop. Maybe it had something to do with how busy things have been, or stress, or whatever but it was a relief to finally come up with an idea.

Tanya, Scattered Stamper, came over today and we shared new supplies and stamped and stamped. It was fun and hopefully has brought an end to my creative drought. So excited for her because it won't  be long before that sweet baby girl is here. Can hardly wait to meet her.

Wishing you a very creative week and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A new stamp!


I know you can't imagine me having a new stamp, LOL!! But I do! Went to a Breastfeeding Conference in Chapel Hill so it involved a side trip to Archivers. They had a beautiful card on their counter using the Northwoods Winter Scene. It was very pretty and the stamp sitting beside it on the counter told me it wanted to come home with me and I listened and gave it a new home.

The background of stars is a Hero stamp that was inked in white and embossed with clear powder. If I had it to do over again I would have used white embossing powder. The winter scene image was stamped and embossed with a brown ink and clear powder. The trees were colored with white pencil and blended with gamsol, then the trees were covered with glossy accents. A little bit of white fun flock was added to create a snowy look on some of the branches.

I have another confession...........I got the Martha Stewart scoring board and I really like it. I already had another scoring board but this one is great because it has measurements across the top and side and the scoring channels are evenly spaced and close together. So if you want to do a series of straight lines you don't have to keep moving your paper. That sounds kind of lazy doesn't it?

And.......I also got some irredescent gold Glimmer Mist and I took another picture of the card in sunlight so you could see how shimmery it is.


So now I get to come see all of you and see what you have been doing this week. We are headed out for some Friday night football and then 12 hours at work tomorrow, so if I don't see you this evening, I will see you on Sunday, for sure.
Take care and thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pairing up Challenge Week 4


Sue and I chose masking as our technique for this week. We got the inspiration for this challenge from Kelly's card Here on the Hero Blog. You will be able to see Sue's creation Here. I have enjoyed this pairing up challenge with Sue, it has been fun :).

I stamped the flower 4 times on post it notes and cut them out. On the card I stamped the first flower in the bottom corner of the card, then placed one of the flower post it notes over the image. Stamped the next flower on the card and then placed another flower post it note over that image and continued with the rest of the flowers. After the four flowers were stamped I left all 4 post it note flowers in place and stamped and embossed the large canvas stripe.
The flowers were colored with pencils and copic markers. A little shimmer was added with glimmer mist and just a touch more sparkle with a glitter pen. The centers of the flowers were created with glossy accents and flower soft.

All stamps by Hero Arts.

Thanks for visiting. I am leaving today for a conference. Hope you all have a wonderful week and I will see you when I get back.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy Saturday Morning!


I was awakened by the phone this morning at 5:30 and I couldn't go back to sleep so off to the craft room for some creative time. I like early morning crafting, seems like my head is not as cluttered with thoughts from the day......

This old hydrangea stamp from Hero was sitting on the table so I decided to play with it.
I inked the stamp first with versamark and then dye inks, stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder. And then the coloring was on. I used colored pencils and copics. Did a little blending of the colored pencils with an odorless solvent and a little blending of the copics with their colorless blender. Kept just messing around with it until I was satisfied with the colors. I think I messed too much with the flower but since I added glossy accents to finish it off there is no changing it now.  Didn't want a thick coat of the accents so I painted it on with a paint brush.

Before applying the glossy accents I masked off the flower and stamped the grid around the edge with tea dye distress ink. Then removed the mask and stamped the script with a opaque white dye ink and added white around the edges to distress it some. After applying the kraft layer to a piece of green card stock I added the ribbon and adhered the layers to the card base.

I need to get outside today it is going to be lovely. The sky is beautiful and blue with a few wispy white clouds and the temp will be in the 70s. Just a hint of color in the leaves. Such a change from Monday till Thursday. We had over 22 inches of rain, water everywhere! Had to spend the night at the hospital Wed. night to make sure I could be at work on Thursday. Went over to see my dad yesterday, he lives about 35 miles from me and this is what one of the roads looked like


I drive a small car so I didn't attempt it! alternate route for me.

Hope you are high and dry and enjoying some beautiful weather! Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tissue Paper and Kraft Card Stock


Joan Ervin posted some wonderful cards using the technique of "stamping on tissue" yesterday morning and you can see her beautiful creations Here. I had stamped on tissue paper before but only on white. I could hardly wait to get in my craft room and play with the technique.

When I was going through my store of tissue paper I found this beautiful patterned tissue paper.


So I cut a piece off and wadded it up tightly and then opened carefully so it wouldn't tear. I cut a piece of white card stock, smeared it with glue and placed the wrinkled paper over the card stock. I pressed it on to the card stock but didn't smooth it down too much because I wanted it to stay wrinkled and not become too smooth.
I stamped and embossed the large canvas stripe image over the pp. Cut a piece of green card stock and used a fiskars border punch to form a decorative edge. Cut the small green and kraft card stock pieces with 2 nestabilities, stamped the sentiment, and finished by layering it on kraft card stock.

Thanks Joan, you really did inspire me and I bet I am not the only one :)

Have a great day everyone and keep your eyes open, there is wonderful inspiration all around!
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pairing up Challenge Week 3


This is the 3rd week that Sue and I are participating in the Pairing up challenge that was started on the Hero Arts flickr site and you can check out Sue's card Here.

We are getting pouring rain here! It started yesterday and hasn't really let up at all. We needed it but I'm not sure we needed this much in a short period of time. I worked yesterday, so today I am going to stay home, enjoy the dreary weather, rest and create.
If you visit today be sure to bring an umbrella :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nowhere to Hide!


I have discovered something about "clean and simple", It's not that easy.

If I am not trying to make a one layer card and the image is stamped a little crooked.........I fix it by cutting the image out and layering it on another piece of card stock. I stamped this image about 5 times before I was happy with it. The stamp was sprayed with Oriental Poppy, Yellow Daisy, and Marshmallow Glimmer Mist and then stamped on watercolor paper.
The sentiment is from a clear set and I cut it apart so I could stamp around the corner of the poppy image. The tiny little flowers are from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. They were stamped with Tea dye distress ink.

I hate to admit how many times I have to hide little mistakes when I am making a card, but trying to keep this really clean and simple sure brought it to my attention. I am drawn to clean and simple but I may not be making them much, not sure my nerves can take it LOL!

Today is a good day, I don't have to go anywhere........might actually cook my hubby some real food. He says if we ever build another house we can skip the kitchen, all we need is a microwave. I'm thinking that's a hint :)

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for sharing a little of it with me!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Simplicity


It seems I'm having a little thing for kraft card stock these days :).

All Stamps by Hero Arts
H2121 Hydrangea (from 2001)
CL156 Treasure the Moments
S433 Large Canvas Stripes

Went out and saw a little Friday night football this evening. We live in a small town and the game is not only a game, it's a social event. A chance to see some great football and visit with friends on a beautiful fall night, and we won. Couldn't ask for more. Hope your weekend is off to a good start  also!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Clean and Simple

The Caardvarks challenge this week is being sponsored by Hero Arts and the challenge is Clean and Simple. So that started me thinking about what is "clean and simple" and I think that is going to vary from person to person. I was looking at the cards that their design team did and they are all great and  they do vary a lot.
And this is my interpretation.


On an A2 size kraft card, stamped and embossed the floral image on the bottom corner. Colored with white prismacolor pencil and used a low odor solvent to blend the pencil. Cut out around the bottom of the flower.
I have two layers on this card but only because when I first stamped the sentiment it was crooked. So I stamped it again on another piece of card stock and cut out to layer over the crooked one. So a little less clean and simple than I would have liked, but the card was saved :).

Because I cut out around the flower on the bottom I wanted something subtle on the back on the inside of the card so I used a white dye ink and stamped the large canvas stripe. It turned out light enough that the inside message can be stamped and the background won't be overpowering. And this is a picture that shows how the card looks closed.


Hope you like my interpretation. And I would love to hear from you about what "clean and simple" means to you. Check out the challenge and join in for some fun and a chance to win some great prizes from Hero.

Thanks for visiting :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pairing up Challenge Week 2

 Sue and I picked embossed resist for the second week of our challenge. Please visit her Blog to check out her wonderful creation, love that combination of colors.

 The inspiration for this technique came from this post  and this post, both by Jennifer Mcguire.


This is my first card.
The background flourish was stamped on white card stock. The Blooming Meadow was stamped over the flourish image with versamark ink and embossed with clear powder. The flowers were colored using dye inks and sponges. The image was cut slightly larger than the embossed area and distressed using tea dye distress ink. Jennifer's card had script as the background and I think that works better than this flourish background. I should have stamped it in a lighter ink, or used a stamp that the image was smaller. The flourish in this card seems to compete too much with the meadow stamp.
Just thought I would share it with you so you could learn from my mistakes, and I do think the colors are pretty.

And this is my second attempt...


Jennifer used water color paper on the pearlized resist so I decided to give that a try using the poppy stamp. I embossed by applying versamark to the stamp and then applying brown dye ink. Stamped the image and embossed with clear powder. The flowers were colored using glimmer mists. Instead of spraying the glimmer mist on the paper, I sprayed it on an acrylic block and used a water color pen to add color to the flowers and the background.
I wanted to play around with this technique some more but I ran out of time. I want to stamp it and color it again on smooth card stock and see how different it looks. Maybe later this week.

Hope you had a wonderful Monday and thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Heartfelt Wishes


Good Morning! So happy to be here, at last! Not going to bore you with all the details, but life has been crazy.
I am paired up with Stamprsue for the Hero Arts Pairing up challenge and our technique for this week is embossed resist. When I started this card that is what I had in mind, but it went down a different creative path. Funny how things happen like that but isn't that the fun of it? Start out with something in mind and end up with something totally different
The main floral image was created using  white ink and embossing powder on kraft card stock. Then it was die cut using a spellbinder's nestability.  I wish you could see the glimmer because the flowers and leaves were colored using glimmer mist. I didn't want to spray the glimmer mist over the entire project because I wasn't sure if it would come off the white embossing, so I sprayed glimmer mist on an acrylic block and used a water color pen to color the areas that were not embossed. A little extra color was added with crayons.
Layered it on a larger piece of purple card stock cut with a larger size of the nestability. The light purple background was embossed with a polka dot texture plate and the corners were cut using a Martha Stewart border punch. It is not a corner punch, but this is how I made it work.


Had to get my hubby to model for me so I could take photos. First I used a corner punch to round the corner.


Turn the border punch over and insert the rounded corner so that you can see how the pattern lines up. Punch.


And this is how it turns out. I have corner punches but didn't feel like any of them went with the design of the card, but I was pleased with how this looks on the card. Using the corner rounding punch first allows you to get more of the border punch design on the corner.

Stamps by Hero Arts
Spellbinders Nestability
Martha Stewart border punch
Fiskars corner rounder punch

Hope you are having a wonderful morning. It is a gorgeous day here in the south. Some of that summertime humidity is gone and the sky is an amazing blue with not a cloud to be seen. A little breeze is blowing, who could ask for more? My plan for the day is to savor this beautiful day and spend some time creating.


Have a great one and thanks for stopping by ! :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hero Arts Pairing Up Challenge


My partner for the pairing up challenge is Stamprsue. We decided to do our challenge 1 day a week and use a technique that has been featured on the Hero Blog. The first technique chosen was this very creative one shown by Hero Artist Jennifer Mcquire. It had never occured to me to use glossy accents as a mask......but I like it!

I stamped the poppy stamp on patterned paper and then applied glossy accents over the flowers. The only hard part of this technique was waiting for the glossy accents to dry...............Patience is not a virtue of mine! and that is an understatement. I had to totally leave the area so I wouldn't be tempted to fiddle with it before it was dry. Did I make it? Not a chance LOL! It was Almost dry when I got back so I tried to hurry up the process by using my heat tool on the backside of the pp. After it was completely dry I applied distress inks directly to the paper. Wiped off the excess on top of the glossy accents. My stems almost disappeared into the distressed paper so I decided to stitch over them so they would show up again.

I stamped the script stamp with versamark frost over the distressed paper and embossed with clear powder.

 Sue came up with the great idea to use techniques for our challenge and I think it is going to be so much fun and I am looking forward to our partnership over the next few weeks. Sue has shown me a preview of her card and it is gorgeous! You can check it out on her BLOG here.

Thanks for your visit! They are always appreciated.



Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall in the Meadow


Hope you all have been well, live has been crazy and my back has been giving me a fit, but AT Last I got some time and felt like creating something. So glad that September has arrived and cooler temps are right around the corner. So, Fall was the inspiration for this card.

The background was created by spraying glimmer mists, stamping and embossing the dandelion frame stamp.
Used a nestability to cut out the center of the dandelion frame image. Then I cut a smaller oval from off white card stock, embossed it using a Tim Holtz embossing folder and distressed it using antique linen distress ink.
Stamped, embossed, cut out the bird and colored him with copics.

Out in the yard to find some twigs for the birdie's perch. Used tiny little dots of glossy accents to adhere the twigs to the card.

Looking forward to visiting your blogs to see what has been going since I have been unable to visit as much as I like to.
Thanks for your visit!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

PDCC # 44


I struggled with these colors!


The Stamps are by Hero Arts. I stamped and embossed the wheat with versamark frost and butterscotch embossing powder. The star background stamp was embossed using versamark under not quite navy dye ink and clear powder.
The pink background was created using a foam applicator to apply worn lipstick distress ink. A few gemstones and ribbons to finish it off.
Not quite sure what I would use this card for...........Any suggestions?

Last week was very busy and I got home one night around 1030, feeling worn out. Hubby had put my mail on the kitchen table and I saw a manilla envelope in the middle of it. I started trying to remember what I might have ordered....didn't have a clue. I hadn't ordered anything at all, it was a wonderful card and package from Tiffany. Here is the beautiful Card! The card looks beautiful on her blog but it is even prettier in person and it is hard to believe that she hasn't been using copics for a long time. Don't you just love her color style? This was such a wonderful surprise and I just want to say "Thank You Tiffany!!"

Hope you have at least one wonderful surprise this week!
Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Spring Wreath of Leaves

Spring has finally arrived!

Sorry that it took a while for spring to get here but last week was too busy. I have had tons of ideas about how to decorate the spring wreath so you will probably be seeing a few more later.
Thanks for all the kind comments on the other seasons, both here and on flickr.
The only stamp is the wreath stamp. The butterflies are rub on transfers that I have had for several years. Isn't that why we keep all that stash of stuff?? You never know when they will be just the right touch for a project.

We are taking a quick trip to Raleigh today. My hubby says "Is there anything you NEED to do while we are there?" My reply "No, I don't NEED a thing but I could always spend a few minutes in Archivers". He knew, I don't even know why he asked.

Enjoy your Sunday! Thanks for sharing a little time with me :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Winter Already?



Today I am sharing the winter version of the "wreath of leaves" stamp. Got up this morning and impatiently waited for the sun to come up so that I could take a photo of the card in natural light. Now I have a problem. I always take numerous shots of the cards and keep narrowing it down to the photo that I think shows off the card the best. This morning I have two that I like for different reasons.........so I decided to post them  and let you help me decide which is the best.


Contestant # 1





Contestant # 2

The wreath was inked with dye ink and then Glimmer Mist was sprayed over the stamp before it was stamped on the white card stock. Added some buttons, rhinestones, pearls and a ribbon and all done.
This is definitely the less time consuming wreath of the seasons so far. But I hope you like it. Are you convinced that you need this stamp yet???

Any ideas for how I should decorate the spring version?
So happy you stopped by :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Change of Seasons



I had a change of mind which led to a change of seasons. Just yesterday I said I was going to stick with summer colors, but I kept having ideas about uses for this wreath stamp. I had lots of fun with this idea. Decorating the wreath with the flower punches and colors of card stock almost felt like playing with paper dolls.
Looking forward to decorating wreaths for spring and winter too.
Thanks everyone for all the nice comments here and on my flickr site on summer's card. A little hint about tomorrow's post..........It's a new season :), I told you time flies!

The wreath and the bird are from Hero Arts and the silhouette leaf in the background is from Impression Obsession.

Have a great day and I hope you will stop in tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wreath of Leaves


I know you will be very shocked to hear that I have a new Hero Arts stamp LOL!! This lovely wreath is from their new "Jingle All the Way" catalog. It is way to early for me to think about the holidays......I am sticking with summer colors for a while. But if  you are ready for some great Holiday stamps you can check out the catalog Here.

The wreath is  the only stamp on the card and the rest is done with punches, pearls and a texture plate. I decided not to put a sentiment on the front so I can decide later how I might use it.

The butterfly and flower punches are from Martha Stewart and the border punch is from EK Success.
The texture plate is by Papertrey Ink.

I can see lots of uses for this wreath and see it adapting to all seasons very nicely.

Thanks for visiting today :)