Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Autumn!

This card was made using this week's Mojo Monday sketch.

I couldn't let autumn go by without pulling out my favorite autumn stamp set. It wouldn't be right. SU Lovely Leaves is a classic and I was surprised and disappointed when Stampin' Up! retired it. Maybe they weren't aware of its versatility.

Real fall leaves don't have just one color in them. They're a symphony of colors. So when I use my Lovely Leaves set I generally stamp them in a main color (largely from the Earth Elements color group) and then sponge other colors, including black for a little character, right on the stamp. Then I huff warm air on them and stamp. It produces a lovely effect.

That's what I did on the white background of this card. Then I finished it off using a Basic Black marker in an Inkworx Air Art gun to get a splattered effect. Once that was done I ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Distressed Stripes embossing folder and then clipped the corners with the ticket corner punch and then sponged black ink around the edges using a sponge dauber. Then I sewed around the edges. I really did a number on that poor old white piece of cardstock, didn't I?

It's not easily visible, but I used the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder on that dark piece of paper in the center. The dark paper has the pattern of tree bark on it from the Basic Grey Granola collection. I sponged it with black ink after running it through the Cuttlebug. A lot of work for something you can barely see! lol

For the words, I stamped the "happy" stamp from SU So Very in Pumpkin Pie ink and then lightly sponged it with black ink to burnish its appearance. I stamped the "autumn" stamp from the Purple Onion Designs' 4 Seasons set in Pumpkin Pie and then stamped it in black ink very lightly. Unfortunately, you can't see the cool, subtle effect that it produced in this pic.

I pressed the Old Olive cardstock behind the white piece onto the SU Just Jeans background stamp which was inked up with Old Olive ink. It gave a nice patterned but not too distinct appearance. I did the same on the greenish piece under the jumbo brads before running it through the Cuttlebug.

I always enjoy making cards with Lovely Leaves. It's one of my favorite sets.

Thanks for coming by for a look! Have a blessed day!


Stamps: SU Lovely Leaves, SU So Very, SU Just Jeans, Purple Onion Designs "4 Seasons"

CS: Black, Old Olive, white, Basic Grey Archaic, Basic Grey Granola

Inks: Ruby Red, Old Olive, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Versafine Onyx Black

Other: Nestabilities Standard Circle Large, Large Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles, Curved Rectangles, ticket corner punch, Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes, Tiny Bubbles and D'Vine Swirls embossing folders; sewing machine, paper piercing tool, sponge mat, sponges, sponge dauber, jumbo brads, 3D-Dots, Sticky Doos, Basic Black marker, Inkworx air art gun, Black gingham ribbon

Make your own Flower Soft

I thought this was too cool not to pass on. Holly at Hog Wild About Stamping figured out a way to create her own Flower Soft equivalent with shaved Styrofoam balls! You can read her post and see her video here. The lovely thing about this is that you can make just enough of certain colors for your needs rather than buying a lot and only rarely using it. You could even mix colors like you get with Flower Soft just by coloring them separately, letting them dry and then blending them together.

Thanks Holly for this great discovery!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Flaky Friends

I finally got some stamping done! It's been, what, a month? My days are already full with homeschooling and chores and such, but for the last few weeks I've also added canning tomatoes and apples to the pile. I love the taste of homemade applesauce. If you've never made it, let me tell you it is so easy! You peel, core and chop the apples, cook them in a little water until they're fully cooked, blend them to break them down (like you would for mashed potatoes) and sugar and cinnamon them to taste. That's it! So much better than store bought.

After having processed 2 bushels of apples, I'll say I am so glad to be done with it all! Maybe 2 bushels is one bushel too many? Saturday I spent the entire day on my feet making 7 more quarts of applesauce, some apple leather (dehydrated apple sauce) and 2 apple pies. My hubby and younger daughters were off on a Heritage Girls field trip for the day, so my son and I enjoyed some peace and quiet while he played video games and I canned and baked. I love putting a video on while I work in the kitchen, and it being Saturday, I decided to put on some cooking shows. So I popped my Jacques and Julia dvds in and listened to their friendly banter and advice while I cooked. A cold front was coming in with chilly temps and a good, strong breeze, so I opened the door to the back deck to let the lovely fresh air into the kitchen. It helped me go a lot farther than I would've in that hot kitchen!

Hubby and the girls and I were so exhausted after our busy days that we decided to stay home from church. I slept until 11am! I guess I was pretty pooped! It had been so long since I stamped, I was determined to get some stamping time in on Sunday.

I wanted to do something wintery, so I pulled out a set I haven't used in a long time: SU Flaky Friends. But I wanted to use colors that weren't standard winter/Christmasy colors, so I pulled out the Basic Grey Archaic 6X6 pad and chose my colors from there. I picked out markers that would match and set to coloring. For the snowmen's bodies I used a water brush and swiped the Bordering Blue marker with it and lightly dusted them along the edges to differentiate between them and the background. I could've done the opposite and darkened the background a bit instead, but I chose to do it this way.

After stitching around the edges, I used white Liquid Applique very thickly along the bottom and added Crystal Snow glitter over it. I let it dry for a bit and then heated it with my heat gun. The glitter stuck to it and looks really neat, although the pics don't show it very well. I also added a bit on the hat of the far left snowman.

Although it's not very easy to see, I used the Martha Stewart Double Scallop border punch on Swirl vellum and added it as a layer under the designer paper with the blocks on it.

I think everything else is pretty self-explanatory. I appreciate you coming by for a look! I'll try to get more stamping in now that the apples are done and my free time is a little freer. Gotta get going on designing our Christmas cards if I'm going to make them this year!

Take care!


Stamps: Stampin' Up! Flaky Friends

CS: Chocolate Chip, white, black, Basic Grey Archaic, Swirl vellum

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black

Markers: CTMH Lilac Mist, CTMH Garden Green, SU Creamy Caramel, SU Close to Cocoa, SU Ruby Red, SU Pumpkin Pie, SU Bordering Blue

Other: Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Squares Large, Classic Squares Large, Classic Scalloped Circle Small, Standard Circle Large, Martha Stewart Double Scallop border punch, sewing machine, Dutch blue grosgrain ribbon, pearl gems, Sticky Doos, 3D-Dots, white Liquid Applique, Crystal Snow glitter, water brush