Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Thank-fall for you!

This card was heavily inspired by this one on SCS. I love this color scheme and had a ball coloring this with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. The Designer Paper by Crate goes very well with the Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip (SU!) cardstocks. The ribbon is by May Arts. The lower leaf and the tag are popped up on foam tape.

I don't know about where you live....but here the leaves are turning yellow, red and orange. The yellow ones on the neighbor's tree are fluttering down at a rapid rate.....reminding me that it won't be long and our MONGO maple tree will present us with piles of raking pleasure!

Monday, September 29, 2008

More Eagles!

If you have a minute....pop on over to Artistic Outpost's blog.....three of my cards are featured in today's post!

I'm on a roll here.....here are a few more of the Eagle Petroglyph from The Rubber Cafe. For this one I paired it with BasicGrey's Archaic Collection, Making Memories Rub-ons and lots of eyelets! I colored the eagle as a Golden Eagle with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.

For this one I used paper from My Mind's Eye and some metallic stuff I bought from a print shop. Eagle is colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. The image was stamped on the metallic cardstock, I tore the inside out leaving a little *frame* and then ran the whole thing through the Script Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. I made a *faux ribbon* with cardstock and used SU!'s Hodgepodge Hardware to dress it up. The poem is Song of the American Eagle that I found on the internet and printed on my computer. Faux stitching finished it off nicely.
Finally for this one....again it's Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol I did the frame similar to the prior card adding faux stitching and distressing to this one. Designer paper is by BasicGrey's Boxer and Archaic Collections. Stars are from Fancy Pants Papa Collection. I cut the eagle out on this one for added dimension and popped it up on foam dots.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Flowers Just Because

I had fun making this card. It started out running acetate through the Cuttlebug Script Embossing Folder. Then I painted the top of it white, let it dry and then sanded off the writing. The panel is made stamping the small flower from the Live Your Dream set by SU! on white with Always Artichoke that has been stamped off. I then used Linen (SU!) with Tim Holz's Tea Dye distress ink, stamping it off and then *finger stamping* it over the flowers. I added the turquoise color with a stipple brush. The tag frame is a Cuttlebug Die Cut. I did generation stamping, using a lighter version for my main panel and then a darker version for the spotlight. Just Because is by A Muse. Ribbon is SU! and Dragonfly Brads are by Creative Impressions.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Embossed Vellum Eagle

I've not said anything yet....but I'm so happy to share with you that I'm now on the Design Team for http://www.therubbercafe.com/! I've been anxiously awaiting my new rubber...and it stamps up beautifully!

Stamp - Eagle Petroglyph, http://www.therubbercafe.com/
Designer Paper - Fancy Pants, Pappa Collection
Vellum - Tan (unknown source)
Cardstock - Tan (unknown source), Dark Brown (Bazzil)
Linen Thread (SU!)
Copic Markers

For this image, I stamped the eagle on tan vellum with black Stazon ink. Then I flipped it over and with the handle of my stipple brush I gently but firmly *embossed* the eagles head on a styrofoam pad. This will turn the vellum white and give it a dimensional look....perfect for feathers! I colored the beak on the back of the vellum with a Copic Marker. I then cut out the image and attached it to the cardstock with mini glue dots.

I ran the designer paper through the Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. Then I sanded it and faux stitched it to the card base. The star is cut out of the designer paper and attached with foam tape over the linen thread.

Thank you for stopping by!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thankful Thoughts

Using the SU! oval punch you can make a fun *sunflower!* I folded each punch in half and stuck it into a big glob of Glue Dots. The center of the flower covers this ugliness with the SU! scallop punch and the coordinating circle punches. I added eyelets to the centers of the little *sunflowers.* I debated adding a stem to my flower...but decided to make it more of a *medallion* and go simple this time around. Stamps: Thoroughly Thankful (SU!)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Heidi's Butterfly

Another card using the Live Your Dream set by SU! For this one I used the small flower stamp on an oval cut-off piece I picked up at The Paper Cut's annual Warehouse Sale! I used SU!'s ticket corner punch and oval punch for the sentiment panel. I pierced the ovals for a more finished look and added some Spica Glitter pen to the sentiment panel. The butterfly was RAK'd me by Heidi...and it is beautifully cut vellum that has been blinged up with some glitter. I added a small dragonfly punch that I embellished and some large Primas, a BasicGrey button and some vintage ribbon. The white panel is also from The Paper Cut and has been run through the Birds and Swirls CB folder. I will definately be doing this again for a quick and elegant look.

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Here is the card I'm sending off to the nursing facility that cared for my Grandmother. She did not have Alzheimer's, but I know there was a ward there for people who did. So my card goes to Chippewa Falls tomorrow!

Stamp set is Live Your Dream, (SU!), Ribbon is Martha Stewart, Cardstock is River Rock (SU!), and the floral piece is wall paper that I cut out. Thinking of You is by Wordsworth!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Live Your Dream....Just Because!

This card is another done for a friend of mine who wants some inspiration for the Live Your Dream stamp set by SU! I paired it with BasicGrey Dasher Designer Paper inchies. I usually use brads, but eyelets seems lighter and more fun for this layout. I used the SU! Scalloped Circle Punch to accent the circle punch. Just Because is by A Muse. Inks are Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss by SU! I then further accented the flowers with a Clear At You Spica Glitter Pen, and the flower centers with a Gold At You Spica Glitter Pen. I pierced around the circle medallion for added interest.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Welcome to Teapot Tuesday Challenge #10 at Embellish-Online, where we endeavor to make cards inspired by teapots! There are no rules, no deadlines....just make a card based on how you were inspired by the featured teapot! Pop in to the challenge thread and see *Whoooooo* might be playing and share your version! Make sure you put TPT10 in the keywords section of your upload page!
Cardstock: Core'dinations Coffee Cafe' Collection
Ribbon: All My Memories
Stamps: Pink Paislee

Monday, September 15, 2008

Thankful For You!

Designer Paper: Stampin Up!
Stamps: Thouroughly Thankful
Colors: Copic, Prismacolor Pencil, Gamsol
Punch: SU! Tag Punch
Eyelets: Antique Brass
Buttons: BasicGrey Archaic Collection
Ribbon: Martha Stewart
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Scallops are recycled from Fancy Pants Packaging...love it!

This card was heavily inspired by this one by Chipper on SCS. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Chipboard Thanks

This card is another attempt to clean off my desk! I had these chipboard stickers left here....and now they have a home!

Chipboard Stickers: BasicGrey Boxer
Flower Brad Buddies: Lost Art Treasures by American Tag
Ribbon: unknown source
Dragonfly Brad: Creative Impressions
Scalloped Circle Panel: Archiver's
Designer Paper: BasicGrey Boxer Collection
Cardstock: Navy Linen (The Paper Cut)
Rubber Stamp: Purple Onion Designs

Also, I have a winner for the little RAK and that would be RetiredHeather! Email me your address Heather and I'll pop your goodies in the mail!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday Challenge #7 - Rub-on Rapture!

It's my week to present a challenge over at Embellish-Online....so here's the scoop!

  • Friday Challenge
  • September 12
  • Hostess: Michelle
  • Challenge: Incorporate rub-ons on your project. These little lovelies are a fun way to add delicious detail or a fun focal-point to any project. Show us how YOU incorporate rub-ons into your work!!!

Please use keyword FC7 when you upload your projects to the gallery so we can all see your beautiful work!

To see everyone's submissions click *here*
Wood plaque by Provocraft.
Cardstock: Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Rub-ons: (SU!)
Chocolate Ribbon: Martha Stewart
Soft Sky Ribbon: Vintage
Signo white Gel pen for added accents
Piercing tool and Scuffer for distressing

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thouroughly Thankful

I was given this set by a friend to make her some cards for ideas. This is my first attempt. It is a pocket card. I paper pieced the various elements of the main stamp and then shaded them with Copics and prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. The coloring on the designer paper gives it a fun effect. The designer papers are out of my scrap drawers, the cardstock is Really Rust and Chocolate Chip by SU! The pumpkin on the tag has been outlined with Spica Glitter pens for a bit of color.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hallowhimsy Inchie Card

Talk about inchies...there are lots of them on here....12 to be exact! I was using up the last of a sheetn of designer paper from my design team assignment and this was a perfect way to do it. It gave the card a very cool window effect that I liked. I faux stitched around the border of the card and *stitched* with a black At You Spica Glitter Pen for a bit of bling. I punched out a circle just to the right of the haunted house and inserted a bat on coordinating paper....this sorta gives a *moon* effect. The pumpkin is punched out of another piece of this collection's paper and is layered on some coordinating cardstock. I used SU!'s scalloped circle punch to frame my pumpkin and a scrap of ribbon for the stem. Hallowshimsy Collection by Imaginisce. Thanks for stopping by!

Today is a *lucky post*.....so leave me a comment and your name goes into a drawing for a small RAK from me. I'm not telling what it is.....but my son will pick a lucky winner on Sunday night....so Good Luck, and I look forward to hearing from you!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Box in a Bag

These little things are a fun way to give a little gift...and I was challenged to make one by Debbiedee. She was kind enough to take directions from SCS and downsize them so we could make the small one. I, however, didn't grab the right sheet, so I the tiny one she told me not to make! She got them both!!
Basically all you do is fold a little box and then wrap the paper around it to form a little bag.
I used up scrap designer papers, so I don't have info on those. I used the slit punch from SU! on the larger of the bags and the Fiskars Threading Water Punch on the smaller of the bags. The buttons are Vintage and oh, so fun to tie ribbons through! The SU! punch is used to tie the bags shut. I sorta messed this up too since I locked her out by only using one!! Use one on each side and you'll have little *handles* to tie together! Live and learn!! ;)
I'm lifting this info straight from her blog.....thanks Debbie!!
The original size and pattern can be found here.
A mini size and pattern can be found here.
BUT we needed an in between size so I came up with these dimensions. I used the same technique as the other gals, so check out their blog for the directions:
box: 3.5" x 3.5" (score at 3/4" on each side
bag piece: 4.25 x 11"
very important tip: use tacky tape on all of the steps that you have to tape together. I didn't on the tabs and they kept popping off, so had to add the tacky tape.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Harvest Memories

I really don't have any *harvest memories* since I didn't grow up on a farm....but this old barn just seems like it'd hold a lot of memories. I recently did these two cards....same image but a different feel by just changing the colors of the barn and embellishments.
Stamp: Art Impressions
Colored with Copic Markers
Bazzil and SU! Cardstocks
BasicGrey and misc Designer Papers
Photo Corners, twine, Boshers (Bazzil)
Cuttlebug Folder Branches (sanded and inked)
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a Happy Harvest! I did my second batch of tomato juice/sauce tonight to use in Chili.....I LOVE *Soup Season* and it's almost here!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Basic Geranium

Paper: BasicGrey's Boxer Collection, Bazzil
Image: Lockhart, colored with Copics
Punch: Fiskars Threading Water Punch
Ribbon: Vintage (thanks Debbie!)
Button: Vintage
Techniques: Faux Stitching, Distressing

Just a simple little card....for a cheery hello!

Fall & Fellas

Today the Design Team Gallery opens over at Embellish-Online...and the theme is Fall and Fellas. I chose this month's theme since I have a scad of birthdays this month and they are of the masculine variety! Sometimes it's hard to come up with good guy card ideas....but I usually find once I get in the groove of creating I really enjoy making them.

Card details:
Cardstock: black (SU!); Archaic designer paper (BasicGrey), acetate
Ink: Stazon Black, Marvy Black
Photo Corner Punch: SU!
Branches Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Stamps: River City Rubber Works
Metallic Dots: JoAnn's
Mini-Metallics Rub-Ons: Rosewood, Cameo Pink, Sky Blue, Silver Blue
Mini-Luster Rub-Ons: White Sparkle, Midnight Sparkle, Apple Green
Art Institute Glitter: Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter

So, for more inspiration along these lines, check out the gallery....it is chock full of it!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

EIO Design Team Gallery Sneek Peek!

The Embellish-Online Design Team Gallery opens on the 5th, and this month I got to pick the theme.....Fellas and Fall! Sometimes it is a little challenging to design for the fellas in our lives, but I have to say that I really enjoy making masculine cards once I get in the groove! For lots of masculine inspiration, be sure to stop by on the 5th and take a look-see!
This card features tea bag folding using a Tea Bag Folding Cube from Impression-Obsession.
This is far easier than it looks....fold up 8 squares and ta-da...a fun medallion. I LOVE the Cuttlebug embossing folders.....branches and brocade. The corner punches and black cardstock are by SU! Brown cardstock is Core-dinations and is from the Coffee Cafe' collection. This looks really fun when sanded a bit. I inked the corner punches after they were embossed. The ornate brad is by Making Memories. I'd tell you who made the Celebrate stamp if it wasn't lost in the rumble of my desk at the moment!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Summer's End....

I've been a bit scarce in blog-land the last little bit. Now with one in school again and vacations past I'm hoping to settle in and get back to my blogging again!

The sunflower isn't from my garden...but I got to enjoy it on my table....what a beauty! Think we got our last swim in today after school...but I'll enjoy every last flower till the snow flies again!!

One of the things I've been working on is a scrapbook for my brother & wife. They adopted a Boxer and I wanted to make them a book of memories to remember her by. I won't post all of it here....but just a few of the pages. It was a fun switch from cards and I enjoyed putting it together.

The album is by Bo Bunny.

The paper pack is by Deja Views and included the die cut alphabet, shapes and vellum verses.

Pardon the goofy photos...that's what a finger smudge will do to you!! Thanks for stopping by!!