Monday, November 30, 2009

Blue Paisley Frame

Here's another picture frame I made. I have yet to decide what I'll do with these frames since I gave so many last year as gifts. Anyway, you'll notice there is NO stamping!! Oh my gosh!! I may add something later, depends on what I decide to do with this.

This paisley paper is from TAC's Pop Rockz SWIC collection. I again painted the frame edges then decoupaged after adhering the paper.

The flowers are from the Assorted Bitty Blossums that we used to sell. We now carry the Neutral Mix and the Garden Mix Bitty Blossoms which would have these colors. I added the buttons and the white and turquoise scrappers floss for added embellishments.

I have one more frame that's finished that I'll post next. I hope you're getting some inspiration from these frames. They are easy and fairly quick to make. And the frames are from Michaels crafts store for about $1 - 2 each.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Family Portrait

We had our portrait taken this summer and I decided to play with a frame so the 2 came together today. I had to take the photo at an angle as I used some acetate over the photo and the light caused reflections. The tag at the bottom is not off balance.

I used Reece SWIC paper and tag for this. The date is stamped from a retired set and stamped with Burnt Umber PH ink. I used Prima flowers, buttons, and white & lime green scrappers floss. I painted the frame brown before I added the paper. Hmmm..... This may end up as a Christmas gift.

I've already started my shopping. We did a few minutes of Black Friday shopping at Walmart - didn't get there until after 8 am and the crowds were tremendous! But we got what we wanted and left! Now I remember why I don't like shopping the day after Thanksgiving!! Did you shop? Did you find what you wanted? Get some great ideas?? Today we're in Tucson at the Tucson Mall then to a niece's birthday party at the Pima Air Museum. Long day coming on!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Hang it up!

The local AZ Scrapbooking store in Green Valley, AZ asked those of us who teach there to create an ornament. They will be handing out the chipboard shape and having a contest for their customers to decorate these for assorted themes and prizes. Of course, us teachers are exempt but I hope mine inspires someone!

I can't remember the name of the paper other than it's be Basic Grey. The Rejoice is from a retired set called Whimsical Greetings and I stamped it with Red Brick VM ink and embossed using Transcendence Embossing Powder. (This is the best clear embossing powder! Can be used on dye ink!!) I used the Mega Scallop Oval and Super Jumbo Scallop Oval punches.

Can you see where I used my Stardust Clear Gel pen?? It's on the Basic Grey paper and the dots on the scallops! I also used a quarter piece of hydra sponge and Chartreuse PH ink on the small scallop for emphasis.

This cool leaping reindeer is from the Reideer Food set. It is available for a short time so if you're interested in it you must order it soon!! Again I used Brick Red VM ink and Transcendence embossing. I also used my White Gel pen for embellishment around the ovals. Oh, the swirls on the edge of the small oval were stamped with Chartreuse PH ink. The red and brown cardstocks are actually 1 sheet of Core'dinations paper! It's double-sided! Love that stuff!

I used some green braiding cord to line the edge of the ornament and for the hanger. And these beads are from the ribbon of beads. I think they were a great touch at the bottom of this ornament. You can also see where I used the Stardust Clear Gel pen on those little dots on the swirls around the edge of the white piece. It was also used on the swirls within the reindeer.

I hope to get this back after Christmas. Now to figure out where to put my initials! Are you getting ready for Christmas?? Got your cards done? Tree out? Gifts purchased? Anyway, you don't have much time left!! Less than a month! Wahoo!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

O Come All Ye Faithful....

I just got a couple of the new Limited Edition sets and played for a few minutes last night. This stamp is from the Noel Noel set of 9 stamps. Some I cut the "bolder" words from the rest. And this background is a technique from the Technique Junkies newsletter called Faux Painted Paneling. If you'd like to get this newsletter please tell Pat that I sent you!

I stamped the words in Burnt Umber plus used the ink and color dusted around the edges of the stamped label. The label is from the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One. I found some brads that coordinated very well!

Here you can see a closeup of the stripes. The paper is by Core'dinations so it's brown on one side and red on the other. Can you guess what I did to create this striped background?

Are you tired of my Christmas cards? I do have plenty now to send even after I gave away 2 dozen of them! And with this new Limited Edition set, well, I probably will make a few more. But I really need to get crackin' on my gifts!

And for those in Green Valley, AZ.... My next class is Dec.1 at the AZ Scrapbooking store from 1 - 3 pm. I'll be teaching the Cuttlebug Christmas class that I had early this month. It's back by popular demand!! Please call the store and reserve your space soon! I do have a limit of 10 "students".

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Another Santa card

This is the 2nd card I created with Diane's set... I may have to purchase this or borrow again!

This time I also used the background script along with the Santa from the Vintage Santa set. Isn't he just so cool looking?? I stamped on a white cardstock base using Burnt Umber PH ink which I also stamped Santa. I tore the paper around Santa and wiped the edges of him and the card base with the Burnt Umber. I then layered him on some DCWV cardstock and added the 5 mini off-white brads from my stock. This card took less that 10 minutes! I did use my centering ruler (I don't have the link at this time) to space the brads evenly.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Vintage Santa

A friend/customer purchased this set of 6 stamps and she was having a bit of trouble getting Santa to stamp completely. Today I borrowed it and played for a few minutes. This is what developed...

This cool santa is from the set called Vintage Santa. There's a script background, snowflakes, and 3 phrases along with Santa. I stamped him on a piece of white cardstock in Burnt Umber PH ink then, using a color duster, added Raw Sienna PH ink on the edges and a hint of Burnt Umber on the very edges. The solid cardstock is from the Amelia Cardstock package and the cool pattern piece is from the Amelia SWIC collection. I used Amelia ribbon and found this coordinating button. I didn't have any scrappers floss the right color so I used white floss and colored it with the Raw Sienna ink. I used a 1/2" glue dot behind the button to adhere it to the ribbon. I love how it came together. What do you think??

Sunday morning is the drawing time for the 2 dozen Christmas cards. Have you entered yet? Just click HERE to go to the proper post and follow the directions!

And if you are a follower already thanks! I don't know why the photos don't always show up. Some kind of glitch with Blogger, possibly! But I know who you are and appreciate you very much!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's all pinned up!

Well, clothespinned anyway! LOL! I purchased these 2 oversized clothespins a while back and finally did something with them! Our son and his family went to Disneyland recently and posted these beautiful pics of our granddaughters. I thought, ah ha!! So, I dug out some of our great designer papers and started playing.

Both clothespins were painted to coordinate with the papers chosen. The one on the left is covered using the Sands of Time SWIC and the one on the right is covered with Penelope SWIC.

I used the stamp set, Always Remember, for the text on both clothespins. Here, on the one above, I stamped the text with Gingerbread VM ink, and used my Extra Jumbo Circle punch to punch it for use. I layered it on a large white flower that I also stamped. I found a button that kind of matched the green in the paper and added the scrappers floss (white floss that I inked with the Gingerbread), and adhered with my 1/2" Glue Dots.

Here I layered the image on a piece of purple cardstock from our Penelope Cardstock package. I stamped the image in Jumbo Java VM ink and added the Penelope Ribbon. The little purple paper posies added a feminine touch in my opinion. What do you think?

Also, don't forget to enter my drawing! Go the this POST and follow the directions! I'm not getting many commenters so your chances are good!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Blast from the Past

I've been working on Christmas gifts so I can't post those until after the first of the year. So...
I thought I'd give a bit of Montana history! Do you remember the Rick O'Shay and Latigo cowboy characters? Well, Stan Lynde created this syndicated cartoon strip and in 1988 he teamed up with a partner to create the great 1989 Montana Centennial Cattle Drive. I was working as a legal secretary in Red Lodge, MT and our office drew up the incorporation papers and other legal stuff required. Stan was so gracious that he gave us all autographed calendars! Anyway, he also has written some books about the old west and another cartoon series called Grass Roots. Google him! I was all over the web finding fun stuff!

Stan also created a line of rubber stamps and here's 2 of them. I think I have another of 2 cows on both sides of a barb wire fence reaching through to the other's side but I can't guarantee it's his line as I have taken it off the wood block. I have used these 3 stamps a lot and they are well loved.

Also, don't forget to leave a comment on this POST for your chance to win 2 dozen Christmas cards! Just click on the word Post and follow the directions! Drawing takes place this coming weekend!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

It's ornamental!

I'm working on my ideas for the Christmas ornaments I give family each year. What do you think of this one?

I purchased a Sizzix die and cut this stocking out of a white coaster. I then cut out a front and back from a piece of scrap from TAC's retired Merry Wishes SWIC paper. I did have to tape the coaster stocking on both sides to keep the topper from coming off. I used my markers to color the edges so they wouldn't be stark white! After adhering the paper I next attached the topper (a separate piece cut out of the coaster) and coated it with White Liquid Applique then used my heat gun to make it kinda bubble. How cool! I also decided to use my Stardust Clear Gel pen on the green lines for more bling. I think I like it. The die has 3 different ornaments, the stocking, a ball ornament, and a light bulb. The stocking is 3 1/2" tall and 2 1/2" wide.

And don't forget to leave a comment on my 11/13 post to win the 2 dozen Christmas cards. Just click HERE to get right to the post. Just follow the directions!!

And my fellow angel, Barb, is having an amazing blog candy offering! Check her's HERE!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

It's time...

We have a new little coffee shop here in Amado, AZ. Great coffee and some pastries. My dad noticed that she didn't have a clock and Gail (not sure of spelling) said she hasn't found one to her liking yet. So... You know me! I told her to let me play with an idea and here it is! I purchased a "cheap" clock from Walmart for about $5 and removed the cover, hands, and printed face paper.
After using the face to draw a template on a piece of white cardstock I got busy. None of the images are current so I can't give you any links.

I tried to match the colors of her walls which are turquoise, brown, and kind of a mustard. These are sponged on the white exterior of the clock. I used my Stardust Clear Gel pen on the coffee smoke, spoon and word on the coffee cup, and on the donuts so they look like their sugared! In real life it is rather striking. She liked the clock and it does look cool on her wall!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank you...

No words can express my thanks to those who served and/or died preserving our freedom and the freedom of others from oppression. And also I thank those families left behind from those who are now serving or have died and pray for GOD's blessings and comfort for you. Your sacrifice has been great. I pray that our great U.S.A. may long stand as a symbol of the great republic we started out to be as we fought for independence from England's tyranny and the extreme taxes they demanded. The signers of the Declaration of Independence knew the importance of GOD and small government when they created this great document. Oops, got onto my soapbox. Anyway, may GOD's blessing also be on those who love HIM and serve HIM as we fight for our religious freedom to worship GOD through the persecution we are facing in this country.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A guy card...

My hubby celebrated a birthday Saturday and this is the card I made him. It's simple, as most of my cards, yet I really like it. I don't do a lot of fancy cards since most of my local customers like the easy to do cards. Anyway...

Again I used a cuttlebug folder and beige/black Core'Dinations cardstock for the striped background. I layered it on some brown cardstock that I've had forever. The tree is from the Good Timber set and the label is from Label Lingo, a hostess set. Both are stamped with Burnt Umber PH ink (and I need to get the refill now) to coordinate with the cardstock. The Good Timber set is great for masculine cards and you can jazz it up by using the Stardust Clear Gel pen or even white liquid applique for a snow effect. A very versatile set!

I got a new cuttlebug folder this weekend and hope to play with it soon. Also got the Nested Pines die by Spellbinders which I hope to use for a December class at the AZ Scrapbooking store in Green Valley, AZ.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Let it snow!

No, it's not snowing here but my card is loaded with snowflakes!! It's not necessarily a Christmas card but that's probably what I'm make it with whatever text I used inside. The background was made using a Cuttlebug embossing folder on my Wizard machine. The paper is by Core'Dinations and is navy on one side and light blue on the other so when sanded the light blue shows! I like this almost as much as the DCWV white core cardstock! Anyway, on to the card...

I had some dark red glossy scraps that I need to use so it is the layer behind the embossed snowflakes and the punched scallop circle made with the Giga Scallop Circle punch and sanded the edges a bit so it would stand out more. I stamped the red circles (Christmas Circles set) in Bordeaux PH ink, punched out using the Mega Circle punch then stamped with the little snowflake from the Ornamental Snowflakes set. I then punched the little snowflake circle from the Christmas Circles set with Agean Blue VM ink, and punched out it with the Extra Jumbo Circle punch. The ribbon is wide sheer red purchased from a local store.

Here you can see I used my Stardust Clear Gel pen on the centers of the snowflakes plus I used it on some of the embossed snowflakes. The pen really adds some pizazz and bling to stamped images!! I think I mentioned in a previous post how much I like it. LOL!

So, are you getting your Christmas cards made? Christmas is just next month!! Remember that I will have a blog drawing for 2 dozen cards with envelopes soon!!

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Friday, November 6, 2009

It's Cuttlebug Time!!

Wednesday I had a Cuttlebug Christmas card class at the AZ Scrapbooking store in Green Valley, AZ. Had 5 wonderful ladies and they all said they had a great time. Well, I'm just thrilled! Anyway, I had kits for 8 so when I got home I started playing! Now, the stamped images are on WHITE paper and the background behind the cards is WHITE! Beats me why my camera or my computer changes it but it's not the cream color showing up. But, I do like the cream! So, here's what I made with the leftovers....

I used Hiero Horses and Gingerbread VersaMagic ink on this card. I stamped off once on scrap paper before stamping the horses on the white layer. The text is from the Just Because set. The paper is by Core'Dinations so after I ran it through a Cuttlebug folder I sanded it and the light brown layer shows through. How cool is that! And I used the Corner Chomper to do the rounded corners. This is a great tool! You can do both 1/4" and 1/2" rounded corners and it'll hold those pesky little pieces inside a container until you release them! Plus it has fold-out "wings" to hold the paper corner in place before rounding! Just too cool. You can get a great little carrying/storage case for it, too. Love it! Ok, commercial break is over. On to the next card.... LOL!

Here I stamped the roadster from our Cars set. Still used Gingerbread VersaMagic ink. I used a little color duster to add more ink to the white stamped layer and, to distress it more, I used a Kool Cat Trax tool (I've had this forever and no, I don't remember where I got it!) to add the "chunky" color. And I used the Corner Chomper on the corners.

On this card I stamped images from the Take Pride set. Again, using Gingerbread VM ink I stamped off the elephants first before stamping on the white paper. The text is then stamped "full strength". And again, the Corner Chomper was used.

Did you know that if you click on a stamp set name or any item I have underscored that you'll go to my online catalog/shopping cart and see the product?? That way you can see all the images in the set or what the tool looks like or larger images of the ink or whatever.

I will be stamping the envelopes soon for the 2 dozen Christmas cards that I plan on giving away for blog candy this weekend. I hope to post the drawing info next week so keep coming by!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

On a sad note....

We just heard that our daughter-in-law's father passed away this past weekend. Words can never express the pain one feels for a loved one's loss. I made this card for her and her mother (and, of course, our son and granddaughters) who is battling cancer at this time.

I purchased some Core'Dinations cardstock from our local scrapbooking store and it is the dark embossed and the brown that's stamped on. Pretty cool paper! I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and my Wizard to do the square embossing then I sanded it to bring the light brown through. The stamp is in the set called With Sympathy. I also used another image from the set for the inside. The brown base is from my stash that I've had forever. The little embossed tin flower I received from a friend.

Here's a closeup of the embossed tin. There was 4 in the package. It's rather copper colored, not this silver that is coming across in the photo. The card is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" as I wanted something a bit larger than a standard A2 size. And, while you are reading this, I'd appreciate a prayer for Amy and her mom, Sue, and the rest of the family. Thanks.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Are you ready for the new year??

I carry a little pocket calendar to keep track of my days as I sometimes forget I have something planned for a certain day when asked to do something. Since 2010 is just around the corner I purchased a new 2010/2011 pocket calendar for $1 at a Dollar-type store and had to recover it!

I really like our Cha Cha SWIC paper. The colors are bright and cheery. I also used a small scrap from the Cha Cha cardstock pack to stamp the text but I did stamp on the smooth side of the cardstock. You get a much nicer image when you do that. The text is from the Always Remember set which I think is great for the website password books I sometimes make or even scrapbook pages!

For a little more fun I punched out 3 flowers and edged them with the Noir PH ink that I also stamped with (plus swiped around the larger paper pieces). We carry 2 of the punches, Extra Jumbo and Super Jumbo, but the small one is by EK Success, I think. There are 2 more punched flowers to the upper left of the pattern paper in the top photo but since I didn't get black ink around the edges they are hard to see. So, now I'm ready for next year, how about you??