Saturday, July 31, 2010

Punched Borders "It's a wrap"

Wrapping up the week with a couple of cards using border punches. This flower is a die from PTI, it's one of my faves. The butterfly and sentiment are both from Hero Arts.

And the second card features beautiful patterned paper. I don't often make a card without any stamping, but all this paper needed was a couple of punched butterflies. It reminded me of a quiet garden area, maybe the sound of running water from a stream, cool, with lots of shade. Just needed a few butterflies flying about.

That's it for this week. Stay cool and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Punched Borders Take Two

Oh, this is so much fun! Having a ball playing with punches. The only tricky part is trying to figure out how wide to cut the card stock so that after it is punched it will fit with the other punched edges. If you have any hints I would love to hear them. No, of course I didn't write down these widths while I was doing them...that would have made it way too easy.

Off to my annual Dr.'s appointment this am :(...................would much rather stay home and punch, punch, punch.
Hope your day is wonderful and you only have fun things to do!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Punched Borders

If you have visited here, you have probably also visited Tiffany's  BLOG "It's the Stuff I love". She picked the perfect title for her blog and not only is it the stuff she loves, but I love her style. So if you haven't already been, be sure and visit today.

She was the inspiration for this card. The second card she posted had wonderful punched sides. Now when I have used the border punches I always punched the bottom of the card and her card gave me a wonderful "aha" moment. The thoughts and ideas just started running through my head. Don't you love it when that happens? So thank you Tiffany!

I was going to make several cards and post them all at one time, but patience is not a virtue that I have, so here is the first card.
I was worried that it would be hard to match up the back and front of the card so I tried to punch the card folded............didn't work, the two layers of card stock were to thick for the punch. So I found that if I started at the top fold of the card and worked toward the bottoms the punched edged lined up beautifully.
Another trick that I have learned...when you are punching an edge, if you turn the punch over it is easier than trying to line up the design on the front.

In the picture, I had already punched the border once, moved the paper over so that the edge of the punched area lines up with the next area to be punched. So easy.
The "tall flower" stamp is by Hero Arts and the sentiment is from PTI "Just the ticket"
Border punch by Martha Stewart and the deckled oval is from Spellbinders.

Can't wait to try this with all my border punches.
Thanks for stopping by, it's always appreciated!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Poppies on Vellum

I love playing with stamps and inks and paper because you can get so many different looks.Whether it's through color, texture, or design, the possibilities are truly endless and I think that's why so many of us spend so much time creating and admiring each others creations.

Lately I've been drawn to the drawer where my stash of vellum has been stowed away. Today I pulled out this vellum that is a white stripe on white. Didn't realize how much the stripes would show up with this solid background stamp but it gives it a distressed appearance. To make the negative part of the image really pop I backed the stamped square with a piece of white card stock. Then I cut another piece of white card stock slightly larger than the vellum square, but only adhered the two layers behind the center square and left the edges loose.

The poppies on the side were from another great poppy stamp by Hero Arts. Stamped and embossed on pink card stock and cut out. Saved some time with the cutting by only cutting the blossoms and using strips of green paper for the stems. No trying to cut out tiny stems.

Have you got something stashed away that you haven't used lately? Pull it out and see what happens, I bet you'll like the results!
Thanks for coming by to visit, it's always appreciated.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Stamping with Paint Dabbers

I have these Adirondak Paint Dabbers sitting right above my craft desk, so I see them every day, but haven't used them for a while. Today was the day. Decided to apply them directly to my stamp........but couldn't get the paint to come out of the dabber. Thought I remembered someone saying that if that happened, to add a little water. Sprayed water into the bottle with a mister, re-capped, and shook vigorously. It worked very well and I was able to apply the ink to my stamp.
The paint was pretty thick on the stamp so I decided to stamp it lightly once and then again and these were the results I got.

The first image was pretty but my favorite was the second image, so that is the one that was used to make the card.
I cut the image with a nestability and gave it some texture using a PTI texture plate. Then added a little more color using a couple of copic markers and a colored pencil. Did a little distressing around the edges using the bundled sage distress ink and finished with a violet copic marker.
Found out something quite helpful at this point. Got a little heavy handed with the distressing and the color around the edge, so I just sanded it down with a sanding block and was pleased with the more subtle look.
The butterfly was stamped on vellum using the same color dabber and embossed with clear powder. Don't know if it was the vellum or the embossing but the color appeared quite different than the image on the card stock.
I think the paint from the dabber has a nice effect, it made the petals look like there had been a fine line traced around them.

Don't know about you but I wish I was at CHA this week!! Maybe one day..........
Can't wait to see what new products are available after the show. Hope the attendees will be getting some sneak peeks to us.
Thanks for stopping by, your visits are always appreciated!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Butterfly photo

Thought I would share a photo or two with you this morning. Found this pretty yellow butterfly on our Butterfly Bush.

Wish I could claim these coneflowers, but they are in my neighbor's yard.

A Lace Cap Hydrangea, so different from the others but so lovely and delicate.

Hope to see you again this afternoon with a new card :)  Hope you will come back to visit.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Not so distressed!

I love the colors of the Distress Inks, but sometimes I don't want them to look so distressed. So I ink the stamp first with Versamark frost and then follow with a distress ink, stamp, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and emboss. There is only one thing you need to be careful about...if you are stamping multiple images be sure to clean the stamp before you reink with versamark or you will contaminate your pad with color. Ask me how I know that.....but if it does happen I have found that you can wipe the color off with a baby wipe, or piece of paper. On these flowers I used two colors of distress inks, dried marigold and worn lipstick.
The top and bottom edge were cut using a nestabiltiy. Another trick....I didn't have the size I needed for the white layer so I placed one edge of the nestability over the paper, to cut, and the other edge under the paper.
After cutting one edge I reversed the nestability to cut the other edge. I also found that if I placed a piece of scrap paper over the whole think before running it through the cuttlebug, it didn't pick up anything from the cutting plate.
The stamps are from Papertrey Ink, their June release.
It is really hot here, heat index is 110. Another good reason that I am not going to leave the house until I have to go to work on Monday. Yeah! Lots of creative time :)

Stay cool! thanks for your visit and come back soon.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Just Saying Hello

Just a quick post tonight, just returned from a 12 hour shift. Thought I would share another card made with one of the stamps from my new Unity set. The flower trio is from that set and the sentiment and the background are from Hero Arts. If you have stopped by before, you have seen the large canvas stripe stamp a lot since it came out this summer. This time I stamped it vertically and horizontally to create the plaid background.

Headed off to a good night's sleep, don't have to get up early tomorrow and that makes me smile :)
Hope your day starts with a smile also!
Thanks for stopping by and good night!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

You are the Best!

Today's card features stamps from Papertrey Ink. You can find the set used in this card HERE. The YOU and all the other sentiments make it very versatile and I also like the the different combinations possible with the flower stamps.
Played around some with the first I stamped the white flowers on black card stock, but it didn't have the crisp look I wanted to acheive, the white on the green looked washed out, so I stamped on kraft and used the white and black accents to make it pop out some.
The black butterflies were punched out of vellum, I'm not sure you can tell that from the photo, but it gives it a nice light look in person.
Long day yesterday, left home at 0520 am and returned home at 1030 I wasn't able to visit any of your wonderful blogs yesterday, so I am heading out to catch up with everything I have missed!
Hope you are having a great week!
Thanks again for your visits :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Have a little Faith

Flower and Sentiment by Unity
Canvas Stripes by Hero Arts

Took a quick little trip into Archivers in Raleigh and saw this cute little set from Unity, and it took a trip back home with me LOL! Tanya and I had fun playing with it on Sunday and you will be seeing more ideas from both of us.
The hardest part of this card was the photography. The wind was blowing quite a bit and I had to chase it around the yard several times...should have been a video camera filming me chasing it....You wouldn't have laughed, would you? That's why the corner is a little crinkled.
Temps are supposed to soar here by the end of the week. Hope you are staying cool!

Thanks for stopping by, it's always appreciated!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Tami's Technique

Over on the Hero Blog last week, Tami showed us a technique using distress inks and water color paper. You can find out more about the technique and see her wonderful card Here. I couldn't wait to give it a try.

Here is my card using that technique...I used tumbled glass and bundled sage and finished it by spraying glimmer mists. It really gave it a very pretty sheen, unfortunately it's hard to see in the photo.

Stamped and embossed the three ferns, cut out with a nestability, and then embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder. After the piece was embossed it reminded me of a Japanese paper fan. I think someone should design an embossing folder of one of those fans. Wouldn't that be fun? Maybe in different sizes...lots of possibilities there.

Yesterday was so much fun. Tanya (A Scattered Stamper) came over and we made cards, talked, ate, made more cards. Despite the fact that we weren't quiet for a minute, LOL!, we got quite a bit accomplished.
Planning a little trip to Charlotte for the CK convention and a visit to Stampers Alley, and might get to see Jackie, a fellow blogger. We met Jackie last year when we stopped in Stampers Alley. We were talking and  discovered that we all upload to the Hero Flickr site. It's a small world :).

Thanks for visiting and come back soon :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Family Photoshoot

We had a wonderful visit with Ariana this week. We stayed busy and on the road........that's why you haven't heard much from me this week. She has grown into a very talented and lovely young woman, inside and out.

Our niece Megan, also a very lovely and talented young lady, is an awesome photographer. She has Naturally Captured Studio in Wilmington, NC. You can see more of her photography, and find her contact info Here.   There was a photo shoot on Wednesday morning and with Megan's gracious consent I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos with you.

Ariana in Historic Wilmington 

Love both of these photos!
Okay just one more
  Megan and Ariana, a great team!

Ariana left today for Triple Arts camp and soon after that back to NYC. Exciting things ahead for her and hopefully we can share some news soon!

 Sunday is going to be a crafting day, so there will be lots to share next week
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fun Little Trip

 Took a little trip out of my comfort color zone. It was a fun little trip and I might make it more often.

Got my inspiration for the trip from my friend Tanya who does some great coloring with copics on her blog.
She was the enabler that got me hooked on copics. We enable each other quite a bit, it's so much fun!
We have a creative day planned for Sunday...Getting together to stamp, color, share ideas, eat, and whatever. Do you have someone close to you that you enjoy creating with?

Today has already presented a couple of surprises..Lunch plans got canceled :(. Ariana coming today instead of tomorrow :).
Hope your surprises are great!
Thanks for visiting! :)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Unphotogenic Card or bad photographer??

I thought only people could be un-photogenic, but I found out tonight that cards can be too. LOL!
This card is really pretty in person, or at least I thought it was. But then I started trying to get a photo of it to post. Can't wait for the morning for daylight because tomorrow is a 12-14 hour work day, so this is the best photo I could come up with. You decide card or photographer??
All stamps by Hero Arts. The flowers and dragonfly were stamped and embossed on vellum. The flowers were stamped again on white and pink card stock and layered. I think that was part of the problem with the photo, the two stamped layers makes it look a little out of focus. 
The oval was cut using a spellbinders nestability. I cut the oval out of the white card stock too, so that the colored oval would be inset instead of on top of the white.

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Another Card for Grace

What little girl doesn't like pink? I hope Grace does :).

All stamps by Hero Arts
PP by Bo Bunny

Real life has intruded into my creating, blogging, and flickr time this week :(. Just a quick post this morning before running out for more errands. Wanted to do at least one more card for Grace before sending them off.

One of my errands was a new phone and I have finally joined the world of smart phones...........don't know all about how to use it yet, and believe it or not, I have never texted anyone, LOL! Looking forward to some down time to figure it out. Bought the book, "Blackberry Bold for Dummies".  Did you know there is a whole dummy section in the book store? Made me feel a little better to know that I had lots of company.

Hope to see you more next week.
Thanks for your visit!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sending Smiles to Grace

Jennifer McGuire is doing a card drive for a little girl named Grace who lost her twin sister to cancer. You can read about Ellie and Grace Here. You can also find the details about how you can participate in the card drive, if you wish.
This is my first card for Grace. The only stamping is the sentiment, that is from a clear set by Hero. It actually read "sending you smiles" but I cut the sentiment apart and stamped it separately. That's another great thing about clear sentiments, you can alter them to use in different ways.
The sewing was a little time consuming, but I enjoyed it, it was relaxing. You could do the paper piercing ahead of time and do the sewing while watching tv, traveling, or waiting for an appointment.
The flower patterns are from an "In Stitchz" design by Bazzill.
Hope your day is full of smiles!
Thanks for your visit, they give me smiles :)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Simply the Best

All stamps on this card are from the Hero clear set "Simply the best".

The fruit was stamped on different colors of card stock and the leaves and the watermelon rind were cut and layered. The fruit looked flat and I wanted to try and give it a fresh look, so I sprayed it with glimmer mists and memory mists. Added some dimension with glossy accents and a little added color with copic markers.
The idea for the piercing came from Joan Ervin's blog. I thought the piercing added so much balance to her card and was the perfect accent. If you haven't visited her blog before be sure to check it out.

I also wanted to thank Jill Foster, and let her know how honored I am that she is featuring me on her Blog this week. Go check out the great card she made today.
Thank you Jill!!

Hope your week is "Simply the Best!"
Thanks for sharing some time with me :)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th!

Hope your 4th has been a happy one, celebrated with family and friends!
We went to a picnic at our friends house. Rose and Ernie have this picnic every year and they have the perfect place. Today the weather was heavenly, the company and food were awesome too. Thought I would share a few photos with you.      

Great little seating area in the yard, so comfy and patriotic.
                    Nothing patriotic about these frogs, just liked them sitting in their little fountain.

My dad and one of my best friends, Kathy

Our hosts, Charles, Rose, Ernie, and Sam

Celebrating his second 4th and enjoying the hammock with his mom!
My hubby celebrating his 62nd 4th with his turn in the hammock.

We had the hottest June here, it was very humid and just miserable but today the humidity was low, the breeze was blowing. A great day for family and friends to visit, eat, and laugh a lot! 

Friday, July 2, 2010

Alcohol Inks--The Final Chapter

I didn't have plans to do alcohol inks for the whole week, but they are a little addictive once you  get started. You can get so many looks, it is always interesting to see how they turn out. 
Created the AI background and embossed dandelion frame over it.
Stamped and embossed the butterfly on vellum and cut out. Added some color with copic markers.
The sentiment is embossed on glossy card stock.
Punched the decorative border in vellum and white card stock. Layered and added to bottom of dandelion frame.

It was such a beautiful day here today. Spent sometime in the yard taking pictures of a dragonfly, that I swear was posing!
 He kept flying around and was letting me get closer and closer. 

Hope you have something great planned for the weekend. I will be working the first part and then spending the 4th with some friends at a picnic. Hope this beautiful weather holds out for everyone.

Happy 4th of July to all of you in the United States!
Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Alcohol Inks and Glimmer Mists

Aaaah! You can walk outside this morning without feeling  like you walked into a sauna. So refreshing. And it must be refreshing for the animals too. It has been SO hot and  I haven't seen anything of our usual wildlife. This morning there were 4 deer in the field and the bunny is out in the yard. I think they are enjoying the change as much as I am.

Today the background is Glimmer Mists and the alcohol inks were used to create the butterflies and flowers.
To make the background I cut one piece of glossy white card stock and another piece of regular card stock the same size. I tore the regular card stock and used it as a mask to spray the glimmer mists. By cutting it the same size and tearing it you will have the exact shapes you need to make the grass and the sky meet.
You just mask off the bottom and spray the sky, then using the top part of the mask to spray the green.
 Next, I stamped and embossed the Grass from the Earth Flowers set.

Used pink and purple alcohol inks on glossy card stock and then used Martha Stewart punches to create the flowers and butterflies.
The dragonfly from Antique Engravings was stamped on vellum and embossed with white ink and powder.
Sprayed the blue glimmer mist on a small piece of glossy card stock. Stamped and embossed the sentiment from the Just Find Me clear set and cut out with nestability.
Placed card front on a A6 size white Card and added a few gemstones for glitz.

Hope you are having great weather and I appreciate you stopping by!